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    Flash fines now follow you home if they get your plate.
    Stop lines are the gendarmerie favourite trick. In the car it's to the line, stop, count 2.3 then go. You have to be seen to have stopped.
    Speed limits going back up, depending on which dept you live in, but no firm dates given yet.
    Gloves are now compulsory, but shorts and T shirts are perfectly fine!

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    This article pinged up on a Friendface group and I thought it quite apt...

    https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocia...in-france-2018

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    Default Re: France: any horror stories?

    Some good pointers in that KFB, especially the "50kph from the village sign to the crossed out village sign". I didn't realise that for the first few days of my first trip to France.

    A few of my mates over there have to ride in uniform. In the summer this consists of horse riding boots, jodpurs, a short sleeved cotton shirt, and a helmet. Oh, and thankfully, a pair of gloves. Seeing as their patrol includes the roads around Andorra, it gets a bit chilly at times.

    Also beware of anomalies in Spain. I drove my van (with a couple of motorbikes in the back) down to Cartegena, not realising the speed limits on motorways of 120kph does not apply to vans-limit for those is 90kph. Easy to speed on them when they are so empty.

    Also bizarre is the same stretch of road will have TWO different limits. Going east to west it can be an 80kph limit, but west to east, the limit is 60kph.

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    There's different limits for vans in Fronch too, in fact there's different limits for different weights of vans.

    My Motorhome sets off cameras on the French motorway, even tho I'm doing the under 3500kg speed limit, I guess the cameras can't tell the difference so just snap anything doing the lorry limit if they're above a certain height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadlonelygit View Post
    Flash fines now follow you home if they get your plate.
    Stop lines are the gendarmerie favourite trick. In the car it's to the line, stop, count 2.3 then go. You have to be seen to have stopped.
    Speed limits going back up, depending on which dept you live in, but no firm dates given yet.
    Gloves are now compulsory, but shorts and T shirts are perfectly fine!
    You can't wear up flops either, I was reliably informed by a gendarme a couple of years ago.
    I'm in Castellane now for a few days. I'll report back if they are up to any jiggery pokery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadlonelygit View Post
    Flash fines now follow you home if they get your plate.
    Stop lines are the gendarmerie favourite trick. In the car it's to the line, stop, count 2.3 then go. You have to be seen to have stopped.
    Speed limits going back up, depending on which dept you live in, but no firm dates given yet.
    Gloves are now compulsory, but shorts and T shirts are perfectly fine!

    "C'est quoi ce bordel!", Taipan exclaimed via google translate...

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