Driving In France: Live

Pretty much everything the driver needs to know for speedy and safe journeys through France is available in real time, and even – sometimes – in English.

*Work in progress*

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N85 Route Napoleon, more later. Photo @DriveEurope

Photo N85 Route Napoleon, Grasse-Grenoble, @DriveEurope

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Weather:

MeteoFrance has alerts on extreme weather events (amber + red) or Meteoalarm for neighbouring countries and the rest of Europe.

Vinci Autoroutes has a handy real time weather map matched up to the entire road network.

Traffic:

BisonFute is the national traffic website. Also has a handy jam calendar of the busiest days. Vinci publishes great animations of expected traffic flows – select the date you want then play for an hour-by-hour prediction of traffic levels.

All the motorway companies have their own traffic sites (see Vinci and Sanef) and twitter feeds (Vinci and Sanef). @TRAFvacances pulls all this together for holiday traffic but is (simple) French only.

Radio channel 107.7fm also has (auto-translated) traffic info in English, via @AutorouteINFO.

Webcams:

Autoroutes.fr is the motorway operators’ association with a map of webcams (and another traffic hotspot map).

See here for the A51 at La Saulce, the road between Gap and Aix-en-Provence, the major way into the Alps from the south coast. Check out conditions in the Massif Central.

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