More of us than ever are driving on French roads and this site is here to help you gain as much information as possible before you venture out on what should be a pleasurable experience.

France is roughly twice the size of the UK with the same number of people. It has a vast network of Autoroutes, main roads and secondary roads.

In European Union roads terms, France is unique. It has nearly one million of roads, more than any country in the EU.

The principles of driving in France, indeed on any part of European continent, are the same as in the UK. The biggest difference of course is that most of Europe drives on the right, whereas the UK it’s on the left.

But for any driver who was suddenly dropped onto a French road, they would find nothing that should phase them for long.

Here we look at the most important aspects which might come under the heading of French roads:

 If you have question we can help with, please contact us using the panel on the left. 

 

Speed Warning 1

If you are driving in France in a car with UK registration plates and are caught speeding, you will be liable for an on-the-spot fine of between 90 and 750 euros, which you will have to pay in cash. If you can’t raise the money there and then, your car will be impounded and you will be put in front of a judge.

Read this important information on Speeding in France now. 

 

Speed Warning 2

The latest news is that two-way speed cameras are now operational in France. Check out our Speeding in France page for further details. 

 

This website also supports the eBook French Roads: A Confession (All You Wanted to Know But We're Very Afraid to Ask), by Neil Martin. This is available on Kindle for just £1.99.

The eBook is a blend of important information and handy hints, and tips; in fact a compendium of all their is to know about French Roads. It has been created for English-speaking drivers who want to know more about French roads, whether they plan to go there on holiday, on business, or to start a new life there.

Written by Neil Martin in a relaxed style, the eBook is based on facts and personal stories. Martin has lived in France for many years and has driven extensively throughout the country.  

frenchroads.com works together with French Roads: A Confession and it sets out to provide all the basic information you'll need for happy and safe driving in France, right from French Toll Roads, through to Travelling to France and French Road News. 

 

Manche Hosts Grand Depart

Mont-Saint-Michael  The 2016 Tour de France Grand Depart will be hosted by the Manche Department of France. This is the first time that the department has hosted a Tour start.

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French Roads Cars Up

Cars on French roads.The number of cars on French roads will rise to 35m by 2030, up 14% from 30.8m currently.

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Paris Jams Worst

Paris will have the dubious distinction of being the worst place in the world when it comes to losing money because of traffic jams.

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Macho Macho Man...

If you see a car on French roads with the departmental plate moniker of 2A, or 2B, then be afraid, very afraid.

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Pollution Cuts French Roads Speeds

Speeds on French roads around Paris and in the Ile-de-France region could be reduced in a bid to lessen air pollution.

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Call For Protest on French Roads

Motorists are being encouraged to join a go-slow on French roads on the weekend of 12th April, 2014, to protest against Government plans to reduce the speed limit on national and departmental roads to 80kph, from the current 90kph.

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More Bikes on French Roads

French roads should have more cyclists on them says the Government.

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Gas Powered Ferry

Brittany Ferries has placed an order for the largest ever ship to join its ferry fleet and it will powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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New National Speed Limit on French Roads?

The national speed limit on French roads may be reduced to 80kph (50mph).

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Deaths Down on French Roads

French roads are becoming safer.

New figures from the French Government put the number of deaths on the country’s roads in 2013 at 3,250. This represents a fall of 400 from the 2012 figure, but a staggering 15,000 less than the figure in 1972. Back then, some 18,000 were killed on French roads.

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New Peripherique Speed Limit

The new speed limit on the inner ring road which circles Paris (the Peripherique) has been cut from 80kph (50 mph) to 70kph (43mph).

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€25,000 Bill For No-Fault Motorway Crash

 

A French roads authority has charged a driver €25,000 for bill repairs even though he was the victim of a hit and run.

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French Roads Blocked by Protesters

French roads are being blocked by protesters again.

On Thursday, French farmers took to the roads around Paris to protest against rising taxes. The farmers used tractors to block roads and generally disrupt the traffic.

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No Tint On French Roads

Cars with tinted windows are not welcome on French roads say the police.

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New High Speed Rail Link

Bordeaux and Toulouse are to be joined by a new high speed rail link.

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HGV Tax Protests

Protests over the weekend have targeted the French Government’s plans to impose an eco-tax on freight traffic on French roads

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Storm Batters Northern France

The north of France caught the brunt of a major storm today, causing loss of life and travel disruption the French Roads team can report. It was the same storm which ravaged the English south coast and it hit land late Sunday night.

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Last Paris Peugeot

The last Peugeot has been produced at the company’s Paris plant at Aulnay-sous-Bois. Synonymous with driving in France, the Peugeot car is seen everywhere on French roads.

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Volvo Cuts Workforce

The owner of Volvo Trucks - a regular site on French roads - has just announced that its cutting 2,000 jobs.

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Call Me A Cab

The French want more taxis driving in France, especially in Paris.

The call from the Government for an increase comes for two reasons: it’s difficult to get a cab in the capital at peak times and there is increased competition in the shape of tourist cars with drivers (voitures de tourisme avec chauffeur, VTCs).

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Eurotunnel Record

Eurotunnel scored a record one-day user figure over the summer: on 17th August, 15,982 vehicles used its service. This was the largest daily total since the Eurotunnel began taking vehicles under the English Channel and onto French roads in 1994.

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Tut-Tut Tuks-Tuks

The police in Paris are concerned that tuk-tuks are becoming a nuisance on French roads and they are calling for more regulation.

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French Road Deaths Down

Driving in France has become that bit safer says the French Roads team.

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Driving in France Costs To Increase

Driving in French is likely to become more expensive as one of the main Autoroute operators wants to raise the cost of its tolls.

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Drunk Driver Sleeps It Off In Car

A driver who had overindulged was discovered asleep at the wheel of his car by the police. Being asleep in charge of a vehicle on French roads is an offence, especially when you are drunk. It later proved that the man, who had stopped at a red light, was four times over the legal drink drive limit.

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Red-Nosed Rudolf Picks a Fight on French Roads

Rudolf certainly has a red-nose on some French roads in the Lot region as drivers have been told to look out for drunken deer who not only stagger onto the highways, but are attacking stationery cars.

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SatNav Ferry Error

The Sun newspaper reports that a couple who wanted to board a Brittany Ferry’s service from Plymouth to Spain for a 20-hour trip had a shock when their SatNav directed them towards a different vessel entirely.

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MyFerryLink Sunk by Competition Commission

French road users who cross the English Channel with new ferry company MyFerryLink will have to think again. MyFerryLink has been told to stop operating its services within six months.

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