These are the ten worst cities for traffic jams in France

Now the worst of the summer traffic is over, people are returning to congested city roads. But which French city's residents spend the longest stuck behind the wheel?

These are the ten worst cities for traffic jams in France
According to figures from traffic navigation company TomTom, Marseille and Paris are the cities with the heaviest traffic in France. 
In Marseille during 2016, people spent a whopping six days and 16 hours in traffic. This translates to 41 minutes spent in traffic jams every day, according to TomTom.  
The 2016 figures mark a worsening of the traffic situation in the southern city. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the evening – when people are leaving work and school – is the worst time to hit the city's roads.
Indeed, during this peak in traffic, journey time increases by an average of 75 percent compared to quieter periods. 
But in Paris it's the mornings that cause the most hassle for motorists, with TomTom saying that during peak traffic hours, Parisian motorists' journeys can be extended by 68 percent. 
People in the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France typically lose six days and ten hours a year to road traffic. 
“Traffic is the ill of the century. Every city is working on the issue,” Vincent Martinier, TomTom's marketing director told BFM TV in February. “We must keep it in mind that the road network is at saturation point. There aren't new roads being built to ease the pressure in the big cities like Paris.”
And the traffic in Marseille and Paris isn't just considered bad compared to other French cities.
In fact, they are among the most congested cities in the world, with Marseille coming in at 26th and Paris ranked 35th, according to TomTom. 
Among the other French cities struggling with traffic are Bordeaux, where motorists spend six days a year in traffic.
And Grenoble and Toulon, where traffic became markedly worse in 2016, with drivers spending around five days a year in traffic jams.  
Across France people spend an average of 23 hours in traffic each year, according to traffic app Inrix. 
Here's the full list of cities in France with the heaviest traffic in 2016:
1. Marseille
2. Paris
3. Bordeaux
4. Montpellier
5. Lyon
6. Nice
7. Grenoble
8. Toulon
9. Strasbourg
10. Toulouse
But there's good news for people living in Orléans, Dijon et Reims, which were among the country's least congested cities. 
According to the the figures, people living in Reims – or les Rémois as they're known – only spend 15 minutes in traffic on average every day. This amounts to just 59 hours a year.


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).

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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).

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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.