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Here's what you'll need to know when driving in France. Drivers should be aware that the requirement to carry a breathalyser test is no longer valid. However, drivers should be aware of the lower alcohol limit permitted in France.

Road deaths per 100,000 of population. UK average 3.1 (2010):
•6.2 per 100,000 of population

Minimum age for drivers

Maximum speed limit

Open roads:
Urban areas:

Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood

Equipment required in car
•A warning triangle
•Headlamp converters. These are stickers on your headlights, which prevent oncoming motorists being dazzled by UK-configured headlamps
•Reflective jacket
•Drivers aren't required to carry a spare set of lights, but they may be fined if a bulb stops working and there is no replacement
•From July 1, 2012 drivers must carry at least one breathalyser test that conforms to French NF kitemark standards. Update:This law has been suspended and drivers will not be fined for failing to carry a test kit.

Documentation to be carried
•Full British licence (if it's not a photo version, you'll need another form of photographic ID, such as a passport)
•Original registration document, or hire-car paperwork
•Motor insurance policy

Exterior markings
•A GB sticker on the back of the vehicle unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted

General requirements
•Seatbelts to be worn by all vehicle occupants
•Drivers have to pay motorway tolls in France

On the spot fines issued

Radar detectors
•Forbidden - and this includes having a speed camera alert function on your sat-nav. Faillure to comply could result in a fine of up to 1500 (around 1200)

This information is provided as a guide to driving in the aforementioned country, but is not intended as complete legal guidance. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure they follow national driving laws.