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Driving in France

Speed Limits
Motorways: 80 mph
Open Roads: 68 mph
Urban Areas: 31 mph

Minimum Driver age: 18

Minimum Driver age for Rentals: 18

Required equipment for your car: Breathalyser. Warning Triangle. Snow Chains.

Seatbelts: Compulsory for both front and rear-seat passengers

General driving information: When driving in France be aware that Speeding and other traffic offences are subject to on-the-spot fines.

Radar traps are numerous and if you are caught breaching the speed limit by more than 25k/h you will have your license confiscated on the spot. All driving is on the right.

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France has much to offer every kind of visitor from the chic boulevards of Paris, the winter sports centres in the Alps to the 1,500 miles of beaches lining 3 different coastlines - the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Ocean and the English Channel. Top tourist spots within France are the Mediterranean coastline including St Tropez and Nice, Provence where you can savour the scents of lavender and herbs to other lesser known towns and cities within the heart of France where you can experience a rich diversity of landscapes, cuisines, and heritage, whilst exploring the many sleepy villages surrounding these centres.

Must See in France

Travelling through France by car will mean a choice thousands of miles of motorway with almost 5.000 of them linking Paris to many of the country's main provincial towns and cities. Tolls are common on most motorways. The legal driving age is 18 years. Your driver's license, vehicle registration documents and insurance certificate must be presented at controls.

Paris is one of the world's most beautiful cities. It is divided into 20 areas or 'arrondissements' Montmatre and Montparnasse are just two of them. Paris is divided traditionally into the Left and Right Bank. The Left use to be more famous for its Universities and arts cafes but today there is a greater diversity in both areas. The Right Bank is now equally as famous for its arts events.

The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Musee Picasso and Champs Elysee are all popular locations for tourists.

From Paris you could drive to central France, its major city is Clermont-Ferrand. This area is famous for its wonderful scenery which includes non-active volcanoes, now a series of ten thermal spas, at the Regional park of Auvergne, Frances largest natural park. This are is popular with skiers in the winter who make the most of the mountains' ski resorts.

Western France has Brittany and the Loir river valley, areas which have become firm favourites with Brits who love the Loire valley for its rich countryside, meandering streams and picture book villages. The Loir valley's easy access from Paris makes it a wonderful spot for a holiday if you love fine food together with beautiful scenery and sports and leisure facilites. Brittany has over 800 miles of rugged coastline, little fishing villages and countless bays to explore.

The Southern area of France is most famous for its glitzy locations such as the Cote d'azure. It's major city is Marseille which is France's oldest. It has a lively port and friendly atmosphere. You can visit its ancient Roman ruins and medieval fortresses. The valleys are full of sunflowers and olive trees.

The fashionable Riviera has Nice and Cannes, and the tiny principality of Monaco along its coastline. Famous for its casinos and beach resorts it has quant harbour villages and jet set locations such as Cap d'Antibes and Cap Ferrat.

Dates for Your Diary

Le Mans 24-hour race

This famous 24 hours race held in June each year. The one who completes the most circuits wins. Fans and mechanics stream in from all over the world to watch this thrilling race against time. As night falls, the bustle of the village gives way to the magic of the racetrack.

Cannes Film Festival

The greatest festival in the world devoted to the cinema held annually every May. The Festival de Cannes presents a wide range of films and events.

Bordeaux Wine Celebrations

Held in July for 3 days this festival includes meetings, demonstrations, tastings, exhibitions, processions, auctions and fireworks to celebrate Bordeaux wine.

International Opera Festival

The Festival of Aix-en-Provence is, together with Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Bayreuth, one of the most prestigious European opera festivals. Held in July.