France set for weekend of traffic mayhem

Motorists travelling in France this weekend are advised to plan their journeys carefully, with heavy traffic predicted up and down the country from Friday through until Sunday. Saturday is expected to be the worst day for travelling.

France set for weekend of traffic mayhem
Traffic jams expected on Saturday in France. Photo: Ruben Holthuijsen

As thousands of people in France escape for their summer holidays this August, heavy congestion is expected on the country’s motorways, with the heaviest traffic expected in the south east of the country.

Here’s a round-up of the situation on France’s roads this weekend from the traffic forecasting website Bison Futé:

Friday August 9th

• Departing traffic has been placed under orange alert, the third-highest traffic alert, throughout France.
• With the exception of the far south-east, returning traffic has been placed under green alert, meaning that traffic will be flowing normally, except in built-up areas during rush hour.

Saturday August 10th

• A black alert, the most extreme kind of traffic warning, has been issued for departing traffic in the south east, with the worst traffic expected on the A9 motorway along the Mediterranean coast.
• Elsewhere in the country, departing traffic is subject to a red alert, the second highest form of traffic alert, in both directions, meaning that traffic will be very heavy and difficult.
• The red alert will also apply to returning traffic across the country.

Sunday August 11th

• Departing and returning traffic is expected to flow normally, with the exception of the far south east which will be subject to an orange alert.

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