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French Roads and traffic in August

Citroen 2CVAugust on French roads is the busiest month of the year, as it is the most popular month for many French families to take their “vacances“. Mainly based on anticipated Paris traffic the warnings also apply to other major cities and main routes!

Autoroute traffic

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Public Holidays in France:

  • 15 August – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)

Traffic status:

      • 2 August ORANGE
      • 3 AUGUST BLACK!
      • 4 August ORANGE
      • 5 August  RED
      • 9 August ORANGE
      • 10 AUGUST BLACK!
      • 11 August ORANGE
      • 16 August RED
      • 17  August RED
      • 18 August RED
      • 19 August ORANGE
      • 23 August RED
      • 24 August RED
      • 25 August ORANGE
      • 26August ORANGE
      • 30 August RED
      • 31 August RED

ORANGE = difficile (difficult)

RED = très difficile (very difficult)

BLACK = extremely difficult days which are problematical as some motorists are starting their holidays whilst others finish theirs – so both directions can be congested – best to avoid if you can!

Official French Govt. traffic adviceFor the latest info see the Bison-Futé (clever buffalo?) website – for official French Government Traffic advice.