Current Travel Advice to France

New Driving Punishments

At the beginning of the year, harsher legislations came in with regard to penalties for various offenses while behind the wheel. These laws apply to all those driving on the French roads, even British nationals.

Before leaving to go to France, all drivers should purchase a kit complying with French legislation. One of the new stipulations says that all drivers must carry a single-use breathalyser in their car always.  Drivers must also have two reflective jackets and a warning triangle at all times. All sat navs that detect speed cameras are illegal, and speeding can be met with large on the spot fines or even licence suspension and vehicle confiscation.

It should also be noted that car hire companies in France do not have to provide you with these kits as standard so you should make sure you check before picking up the car.

Terrorist Threat in Corsica

There have been a number of well documented terrorist activities on the French island of Corsica in recent years. All the buildings targeted were closed at the time. However, there were still fatalities involved. It is believed that all of these attacks have come from the Corsican nationalist group, the FLNC. There are no travel restrictions in place and the chances of an issue are limited, but it is advised if you are travelling to Corsica you remain vigilant.

Increase in Petty Crime

In the main, built-up areas of Paris there has been a recent increase in petty crime. This has included muggings on the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly Airport trains where gangs have been targeting tourists. There has also been growing evidence of crime involving those who explore the major attractions in cities at night alone. In keeping with this it is advised that you remain vigilant and try to stay in groups as much as possible.

Differences in Law

Before you leave to go to France you should take the time to read up about the main laws. Here are a few that you should make sure you are aware of as they could apply to you, and they are not common in other countries:

  • It is illegal to fail to offer assistance to ‘a person in danger.’ This means if you fail to stop or help somebody when it is safe to do so, you could be punished with a fine.
  • You cannot photograph secure services like police stations. Failure to comply will lead to the confiscation of your camera or photographic device and a potential fine.
  • You are required to carry one form of identification at all times.

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