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Drink Driving laws in France

Drink Driving laws in France – know them and don’t break them to avoid fines or worse.

France is the number one tourist destination in the world – millions visit every year to take a break in its beautiful cities or in the countryside.

Many visitors will go by car or hire a car on arrival and enjoy a driving holiday and the laid-back French way of life – which will almost certainly include sampling the cuisine, wines and beers that can’t be bettered anywhere else in the world.

This relaxed attitude however does not apply to drink-driving in France where the driving rules are firm and the limit for alcohol content is  low – no more than 50mg per 100ml of blood.

  • Motorists who have between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood can be fined €135 (if you have a UK licence you could lose six out of 12 points).
  • Motorists with a higher reading than 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood can be fined up to  €4,500 (UK licence holders could lose their licence) and risk being sent to prison for up to two years.

So, if you’re planning on driving in France on holiday, know the driving rules

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