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THE BUSIEST DAYS ON THE ROADS IN FRANCE and other news

FLASH INFO - December 2018. Driving on the French road network is virtually normal. A few roundabouts and motorway exits here and there are occupied by "Yellow vest" protestors, but most are not. There is no fuel shortage apart from in Brittany.
As of Monday 3rd Dec, in the afternoon, On the routes down through France from Calais via Rouen to Orleans and beyond, there is a demonstration near the Pont Mathilde in Rouen, and a second one on the N12 west at the junction with the N154 at Nonacourt west of Dreux.  
For the A71 route to the Spanish border via Clermont Ferrand,  the only holdups indicated on the "Bison futé" site between Dreux and Perpignan are for lane closures. There is a barrage for traffic leaving the A9 at  an exit just before Perpignan.
For the A10 route to Spain via Orleans and Bordeaux, no obstructions are currently indicated, other than road works and violent wind.
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Winter  Spring and Summer 2019

Here are the days on which to avoid the French motorway system if you possibly can.

  Official traffic forecasts - from the French highways agency

   Orange : delays likely in some places  
   Red= busy,  
traffic will move more slowly and delays probable
   Black = saturated : delays certain in busy spots

Avoid the worst... see Routes through France including toll-free routes and routes to Spain

Southbound 

Northbound

February 2019

  • Sat 9th Feb in east France and Alps
  • Friday 15th Feb in Alps
  • Saturday 16th Feb orange throughout France, black in Alps
  • Friday 22nd Feb in Alps
  • Saturday 23rd Feb orange everywhere, black in Alps.

March

  • Orange every Saturday in the Alps area, except 23rd
  • Friday 8th orange in Paris area

April - May

  • Fri/Sat 12th & 13th April  - Start of school holidays in Paris
  • 19th & 20th April in Paris area - Easter weekend
  • Friday 26th April : orange everywhere

February 2019

  • Sat 16th orange in the Alps
  • Sat 23rd orange everywhere, red in the Alps / Lyon sector

March 2019

  • Friday 1st orange in Paris area
  • Sat 2nd and Sat 9h : red in the Alps and Paris area

April - May

  • 19th & 20th April in Paris area - Easter weekend
  • Friday 26th April : orange everywhere

And into summer...
  • Green from 11th May to 28th June except weekend of 8th - 10th June (whitsun)
  • Summer weekends: orange or red on all routes every Friday and Saturday from  29th June to 10th August.
  • Black Saturday 2019 :   13th July on all routes

  • Black  or red on all routes: Sat 3rd August
And into summer
  • Green from 11th May to 28th June except weekend of 8th - 10th June (whitsun)
  • Summer weekends: orange or red on all routes every Friday and Saturday from  29th June to 10th August.
  • Sat 13th July orange in Rhone valley
  • Orange or red throughout France on Saturdays from 20th July to 24th August
  • Red on major routes Saturday 3rd August
  • Orange throughout on all Sundays in August
  • Orange on Fridays 2nd, 9th and 16th August
  • The worst weekend for travelling north : Friday 16th - Sun 18th August

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