Driving in France, The Rotary, International Traffic Symbols
Driving in France differs little from driving in the USA and even includes a similar rotary.  The marked difference might be the narrow roads in the rural countryside and fast and impatient drivers among the locals in the city  which may be a surprise to the less than aggressive American and Canadian motorist.  .  
While Driving in France the rotary will become a welcome sight because they have signs clearly marking directions to cities and towns.
When in doubt about a direction, you can circle the rotary as many times as it takes to get your bearings. The rotary is a welcome sight also because they eliminate the need for a traffic light at a crossroads.
Even in the big cities the French and Italian roads use the rotary to
speed traffic along and avoid the gridlock that often snarls US big city traffic.  
The rotary around the Arc de Triomphe might be the classic: eight lanes of screaming traffic whiz around France's iconic arch at the end of the Champs-Elysees and peel off in various directions without ever going through the gears.
Study the
rotary nuance marked by arrows, however, the car in the rotary does not always have sole right of way.
Will it fit: narrow roads and Medieval city gates make you appreciate the compact car and small RV.
Driving in France is very similar to travel in the US  or Canada with in most cases, the  right of way for cars in the Rotary,International traffic symbols will show right of way.
Driving in France for Americans or Canadians: No driving test needed, renting a car very similar.
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A diesel vehicle will be less expensive to run. When gassing.   Note that fuel will be less expensive at the local filling station  or Market in the small town or village than on the highway.  Diesel is called diesel or Gazole in France.
The symbol at left tells you that you have the right of way   Traffic entering the road must stop and give way to your progress.  The symbol on the top right indicates that you are on the main road and have the right of way.  You will see this symbol in a village or small town.  
Use caution in the rotary and on country roads when there is traffic entering from your right.  Not all drivers in France observe the new right of way rules
The black bar through the triangle indicates that right of way for vehicles on the main road has ended and they must give way to vehicles entering from the right
symbol, left, indicates right of way for the vehicle in the rotary.
Driving to Provence: Rental cars are available at CDG Airport and high speed toll roads will speed you to Provence.  A one day trip is possible but a two day trip will allow sightseeing on the way,
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A diesel vehicle will be less expensive to run.
When gassing.   Note that fuel will be less expensive at the
local filling station  or Market in the small town or village than on the highway.  Diesel is called diesel or Gazole in France.
While Driving in France, The Rotary will become a welcome sight because they have signs clearly marking directions to cities and towns.
When in doubt about a direction, you can circle the rotary as many times as it takes to get your bearings.
While Driving in France use the Rotary signs that mark directions to cities and towns.  Right of way in the roatary could vary follow International traffic symbols to determine right of way.
Driving in France, Rest stop, gas station highway exit.
Return the rental car with an empty tank?  See Policy details
Web selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. . Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel or gas, luggage space, standard or automatic, two door, four door and other options.  Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.  Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations.
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