My situation is as follows: I have been resident in France for almost five years now, first on a student visa and then on a work permit. A few months ago as the date of expiry of my work permit approached, I followed procedure on the Prefects website and sent in my application for a new work permit. There was no response for almost six weeks and then ironically the day my work permit expired I got a letter from the Prefect informing me that my appointment to collect my "récépissé" (temporary work permit) is in six weeks. In the time I lived in Paris, the Prefect always made sure I was given a récépissé before my current permit expired. I have emailed them and they replied I should stick to the dates in my convocation.
The problem is between now and then I have no valid work permit. Is this a problem for my employer? I also live in a border town and am regularly stopped by the police and immigration (douane), will I be in trouble as I have nothing but an expired permit (titre de séjour) and a letter giving me an appointment in six weeks? I am also assuming this means I cannot cross the border at all? Is there anything I can do to get out of this situation?