To see the famous Aurora borealis, you would normally have to shell out for a trip to northern Scandinavia, Canada or Alaska.
But on Tuesday night the spectacular light show was visible across France from the Midi Pyrenees in the south west, from the Vendée in the west to the Vosges mountains in the east.
To prove it numerous images were posted on social media on Wednesday morning.
The Northern Lights become visible when charged particles spat out by the sun collide with Earth's magnetic field. But thanks to increased solar activity and clear skies, the celestial light show could be seen over a far wider area of Europe.
The last time the light show were visible from France was in 2004.
Here are some of the best images below:
— Asso Infoclimat (@infoclimat) March 18, 2015
The image below was taken in the Vosges mountains of eastern France.
— Olivier Cattiaux (@oliviercattiaux) March 18, 2015
And this spectacular photo was also taken in Alsace, eastern France.
ooohhhh une aurore boréale hier en Alsace ! pic.twitter.com/NmyMbRvIWe
— Manu B (@ManuLeMagicien) March 18, 2015
This photo of the red night sky was taken in the Pas de Calais region of Northern France.
— Arnaud SANCHEZ (@arnaud_sanchez) March 18, 2015