Driving in France: How to stay out of trouble on the roads
As tourists pack their bags for a trip to France’s beautiful beaches and countryside this summer, French police will be doing a bit of preparation themselves. They’ll be lying in wait for the thousands of British drivers, some of whom seem to have come to the belief that they can get away with anything on roads this side of the Channel. But in fact there's a whole raft of penalties awaiting rogue drivers for a wide variety of offences, many of which drivers are not even aware of. So we've put together this slide show to help you stay out of trouble on French roads.
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Speeding fines: If you get pulled over in France for speeding you’ll have to pay the fine on the spot and it’ll cost you up to €135 as long as you were less than 50 km/h over the limit. The good news for lead-footed drivers is that if the car is registered in the UK and you're caught by a speed cameras it’s unlikely you’ll have to pay up. But don’t go crazy either, because French police can automatically seize any European driver’s license for doing 40 km/h or more over the limit.