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France set for weekend of traffic chaos on roads

Motorists in France look set for a miserable day of traffic with droves of city dwellers expected to hit the roads as they return to the cities on the last weekend of the holiday season.

France set for weekend of traffic chaos on roads
AFP
The roads will be packed over the coming weekend, with France's traffic info service Bison Futé saying that motorists will be staggering their returns from Friday to Sunday. 
 
The service has classed traffic across the whole of France on Saturday as red – the highest possible level before black – meaning travelling on roads out of all major French cities will be “very difficult”.
 
Heavy traffic is expected across France on Saturday, shown in red. Bison Futé
 
 
Most of the traffic will be on the roads leading from coastal areas to France's major cities, with motorists sure to hit heavy traffic around Lyon, as well as in the Rhône Valley and Mediterranean areas. 
 
More traffic jams are expected in the Paris area on Monday on autoroutes A10 and A6. 
 
 

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Traffic warnings issued in France for Pentecost holiday weekend

Traffic authorities have warned of busy roads as people in France head off for the long Pentecost weekend.

Traffic warnings issued in France for Pentecost holiday weekend
Many French people will be heading off for a long weekend until Monday, which marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost (Pentecôte). Photo: Ludovic MARIN / AFP

Roads will be busy across most of the country on Friday as many people in France take advantage of the public holiday on Monday 24th, which marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost (Pentecôte).

READ ALSO: Pentecost: The French public holiday where people work for free

Bison Futé, the government-run website that monitors traffic levels in France, has put most of the country on orange alert (third highest) on Friday for departures, except for the greater Paris Île-de-France region and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which were on red alert (second highest).

READ ALSO: What changes in France on Wednesday as phase 2 of reopening begins?

Photo: Bison Futé

On Saturday the whole country will also be on orange alert for departures except for the Île-de-France region, which will be on red alert. And the same will be the case on Monday for returns.

Photo: Bison Futé

Rail disruption for trains to Marseille and from Paris to Toulouse

With SCNF carrying out works at the Saint-Charles station in Marseille, there is expected to be significant disruption in trains arriving in the southern French city from Saturday 22nd and Monday 24th of May.

This includes the TER trains between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence, Avignon via Arles, Narbonne and Lyon; the Intercités between Marseille and Bordeaux (a bus service will be available on Sunday 23rd of May) and the TGV Inoui and Ouigo trains.

The Intercité line from Paris to Toulouse will also be severely disrupted due to building works. There will be no trains running on Sunday, and will restart progressively from Monday.

From Wednesday May 19th, the curfew has been pushed back from 7pm to 9pm. So if you are travelling between 9pm and 6am, you need to fill the latest version of the attestation, which can be found on the TousAntiCovid app.

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