"Oh my god, two big camels ran right next to me," says the anonymous driver who filmed the incident. The driver witnessed two camels roaming on the A84 motorway between the north-western city of Rennes and Caen.
On the footage, it appears a lorry and a couple of cars braked abruptly when they saw the camels and tried to create a barrage around the animals.
Several stunned drivers called up the police, local paper Côté Caen reports.
The two animals had escaped from a circus, the Ritz, which had set up camp in the town of Verson.
"They were sighted on motorway, near Verson, roaming for about 20 minutes," says a police officer, who did not give his name, in an interview with Côté Caen. The police reports the camels left the motorway and were safely picked up in nearby village.