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Driving in France

A Motorists' guide to driving in France

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Capital: Paris
Language: French
Currency: Euro
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Being a large country, France is an area of 1,000 km/600 miles from north to south and from east to west. Although big parts of northern and western France are low-lying and rather flat, there are some regions with high mountains in the south and east, notably the western Alps, the Pyrenees, and the Massif Central, which rises to over 1,800 m/6,000 ft.

Famous Wine growing regions are Bordeaux (which produces primarily red wine from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes) and Burgundy, which is legendary for both its red and white wines, made from grapes such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Driving distance map of France
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Driving in France

Speed Limits

Motorway: 130 km/h
Dual Carriageway: 110 km/h
Rural: 90 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h

Useful phone numbers in France

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Ambulance (SAMU) 15, fire brigade 18, police 17

Some useful phrases

Useful Phrases

Bonjour (hello), au revoir (goodbye), s’il vous plait (please), merci (thank you)

Places to drive to in France

Disneyland Paris
Centre Parcs Les Bois-Francs
Centre Parcs Les Hauts de Bruyères
Centre Parcs Moselle - Domaine des Trois Forêts
Centre Parcs Le Lac d'Ailette
Centre Parcs Belle Dune

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