DRIVING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW
There are certain documents that you are legally required to keep in your car in France, or at least be able to hand over to police if required: A valid certificat d’immatriculation with proof of an up-to-date contrôle technique. Valid car insurance papers with the green expiry date coupon clearly visible from outside. Your driving licence. A luminous red warning triangle and yellow high visibility jacket. Failure to produce any of these if requested at a routine check or if you are stopped by the police can result in an on-the-spot fine and a more severe penalty if they are not submitted within a stated time period. These fines range from around €10-€150 (the higher sanctions usually imposed after certain deadline periods).