Drivers warned of 'red alert' weekend
Roads across France are expected to be exceptionally busy this weekend - even as early as 4am - as traffic forecaster Bison Futé predicts a “red alert” day for Saturday 28 July.
Drivers are warned to be alert to the rise in traffic, and plan their journeys accordingly.
Friday was already on “orange alert - difficult”, but Saturday is expected to be “red - very difficult” across the entire country as the first of the July holidaymakers (dubbed “Juliettistes”) and August holidaymakers (“Aoûtiens”) crossover on their journeys.
Traffic will “remain dense” overnight from Friday to Saturday, with the “first traffic jams expected from 4am [on Saturday] in certain areas”.
The A7 road in the Rhône valley, the A9 along the Mediterranean, and the A10 around Bordeaux, are expected to be especially gridlocked.
In the “return” direction (roads going north) Saturday is to be classed as “orange - difficult”.
Next weekend - the first in August - is expected to be worse still, and is the only day of the entire summer to be predicted as “black - extremely difficult” across the whole country.
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