Driving in France

Vehicle advice and the rules of the road


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Driving in France: hands-free kit ban effective June 30

If you are going to be driving in France, take note of the new ban on hands-free kits in vehicles that will take effect on June 30, 2015. The ban includes any mobile device hands-free kit that requires a wired or wireless ear bud, headset, or headphone.


How a roof rack could ruin your holiday

For many holidaymakers travelling en famille or with a lot of gear, a roof rack is a necessity in France. From bikes to luggage and even canoes, roof racks allow bulky or space-consuming items to be easily transported to the

Behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Spider

Touring Languedoc-Roussillon in a classic car

Guy Hibbert fulfils a long-held ambition, driving a classic Italian sports car on a 36-hour road trip through Languedoc-Roussillon, leisurely taking in the area’s hugely pleasurable range of seafood, wines, mountains and medieval architecture along the way…

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Driving in France – an introduction

Before setting off onto the French roads, it is vital to acquaint yourself with some basic principals concerning driving in France as well as the road network and administrative requirements relating to driving licences.

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Driving licence FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the eligibility of foreign licences, how to obtain a French driving licence, the penalty points and other important rules

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Vehicle import and car registration in France

If you bring a car to France you can keep the original overseas licence plates for up to a month only. Here’s how to change them over, plus information on registering new and second-hand French cars

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Cheap fuel in France

Use the new government website to find who sells the cheapest diesel and petrol in the Tarn & Aveyron. The government hopes that by displaying their prices, it will encourage retailers to be more competitive.

Drinking & Driving in France

The relaxed attitude to drinking and driving in France has surprised and sometimes delighted many foreign visitors. Tales such as the account in ‘A Year in Provence’, where policemen were helping drunk partygoers into their cars at the end of a village meal were not rare. But things have swiftly changed, since the French government pledged to lower the terrifyingly high number of deaths on French roads…

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Driving in France

American licenses may be eligible for a reciprocal exchange towards a French one, depending on the state of issue of the original.


Motorcyling in the Quercy

Like a good many of us who plunge straight into moving lock, stock and barrel to France, never having had a holiday home here, we underestimated the challenge of living in a foreign country…