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== [[ Food]] /[[ Money]] == French bakeries are by law prohibited from selling bread that is older than a day, so it pays to go around bakeries ( ''boulangerie'') and asking for old bread, or simply checking bakeries' doors/backyards after they close. EU, EEA, Swiss, Andorran and Monégasque citizens can live and work in France without restrictions. Non-EU citizens who are from Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Holy See, Honduras, Israel, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Taiwan and Uruguay are permitted to work in France during their 3 month visa exemption period. For more information, visit the [http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/france/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/article/foreign-nationals-holding-ordinary French Ministry of Foreign Affairs] website. == Gallery == <gallery> Image:Mrtweek mzenzes hitching in france.png|[[User:Mzenzes|Martin]] and [[User:MrTweek|Philipp]] hitching in France. Image:Derek_hitching_at_péage.jpg|Derek hitching at a péage near [[Valence]]. Image:Cynthia_hitching.jpg|Cynthia hitchhiking out of [[Paris]]. Image:Tokyohitch.jpg|[[Lille]]-[[Tokyo]] direct ride, 5-min deal. Image:Perpignan bridgeoveronramp.jpg|On ramp bridge near [[Perpignan]]. Image:Spot-sharing.jpg|Sharing knowledge on spots to hitch out of Paris during the [[project 888|888]] event. Image:peage. jpg|A typical ''barrière de péage'' in France. Image:larochellehitch. jpg|[[User:Chael777|Chael]] on his ''first'' hitch! </gallery> [[trash:France]] [[wikipedia:France]] [[nl:Frankrijk]]
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|language = French
|capital = [[Paris]]
|currency = Euro (€)
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'''France''' is a member state of the [[European Union]] as well as the [[Schengen Agreement]]. It is usually a great country for hitchhiking. There are many friendly car and truck drivers. Drivers have to pay toll on motorways (except in [[Bretagne|Brittany]]), and you can get a ride quite easily at some ''[[Péage|barrières de péage]]'' (toll stations). When hitchhiking on local roads, you might face some difficulties sometimes, though. One of the commonly known barriers for traveling in France (as in
any foreign country) is a language - you might wanna learn some basic phrases before you off on the road in France.
Like everywhere in Europe, walking on the motorways is illegal and thus it's also illegal to hitchhike there. If you are picked up the police you may be fined, however the Gendarmerie are likely to simply give you a lift to the next toll stop. Use service areas, peages and on-ramps. Moreover some experience shows that French people will more often stop in a place where it is not normally allowed than in other countries.
It may also be helpful to write '''S.V.P.''' on your sign with a destination name - it is short for ''s'il vous plaît'' (sih-voo-play) which means ''please'' in French.
On Sundays, only trucks with frozen goods are allowed to drive. Keep in mind though that trucks are not allowed to go more than 90 km/h and the driver must stop for a 45 min break every 4 hours, which can make the trip much longer.
The ''"Michelin 726 National"'' map of France is a good choice for a hitchhiker in this country. It shows all the major ''barrières de péage'' and [[rest area|service stations]]. You can get a free map in péage offices.
== ''Autoroutes'', ''péages'' and ''barrières de péage'' ==
french. about. com/ library/ media/ wavs/ peage.wav]) is a French word for ''toll''. It is also commonly used as referring to [[toll station]]s.
In France, most of the motorways are toll roads which are the fastest way to hitch across the country. There are two types of toll stations on péages. First, there are big ones where all traffic has to stop to pay a fee (or to get a ticket) - these are ''barrières de péage'' and usually they are excellent spots to get a long-distance ride and make it really easy to hitchhike during the night. They are often located near big cities on the autoroute. Another type is a side barrier situated on all exits in the toll part of the motorway. On latter ones traffic is much smaller, therefore one can expect a longer waiting time, although sometimes congested toll stations (the first type) can be a difficult place to hitch from, too.
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_vehicle_registration_plates French vehicle registration plates] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_arrondissements_of_France Arrondissements of France]. New number plates are in use since mid-2009. They have an optional reference to the department on the blue stripe at the right side, but they technically are not part of the plate, and do not necessarily refer to the owner's address - one may for example choose to put the number of the department where he/she was born. Cars that belong to companies, including rental ones usually bear "60" or "76" since tax on corporate vehicles is the lowest there. The existing old plates will be still in use for a while.
Issues with Law Enforcement== There are three law enforcement agencies to contend with in France. The Police Nationale, the Gendarmerie and the Douane. The '''Police Nationale''' are tasked with policing urban areas with a more than 20,000 inhabitants, and the surrounding highway infrastructure. They will rarely stop you, but they are well known for their less than sympathetic nature and occasionally affiliation with fascist organisations. They are a government agency bound by official targets, which means that if you are stopped, they will be looking for reasons to impose fines. Even so, they have no legal right to stop you engaging in lawful activities as long as you are not creating a hazard or committing some other offence. Remain calm and use your right to silence, only asking '''"am I free to go"''' repeatedly, and you should be ok. The '' 'Gendarmerie''' is a military agency tasked with policing all of the French Republic where the population is lower than 20,000. If you treat them with courtesy, they will most likely be professional and courteous in return. Sometimes they will offer to take you to a safer or easier location to hitchhike from. Only if you are creating a hazard will they issue fines. The '''Douanes''' are the customs agency for the French Republic. They patrol close to borders, looking for suspicious activity. '''They have a right to check your Identification if you are within 20km of the border''', but they require a reasonable suspicion ''(article 78 of the Code de Procédure Pénale)'' at all other times. They are often active on highways and péages going south from [[Belgium]] and [[Luxembourg]], looking for hitchhikers from the [[Netherlands]] who may be carrying cannabis or large quantities of tobacco. They are however quite professional, and after a few questions about your direction of travel, will let you go on your way.
== Personal Experiences ==
"My Hitch in France went marvellously! Check this, I was walking along the street in Nimes, minding my own business, and a woman pulled up in a car and asked me if I wanted to hitch to Marseille! She asked me!! When we got there, she showed me around and I slept on her sofa (whenever I tell French men about this they invariably respond 'Did you ''fork'' her?'). The next day, I got 5 hitches from Marseille to Limans, and for 3 of them all I had to do was hold up a cardboard sign and the first car that came picked me up. I was going to write that it's like taking the bus, ''but you have to wait for busses!'' As a bonus, the people who I hitched with were really nice, so much so that one of them lied and said that my French wasn't so bad! Oh yeah, and the bit about French bakeries is incomplete. They have pastries round the back too!!"
External links ==
* [http://mappy.fr/ Mappy] is a good online map service for France in case you want to know where certain public transport goes to.
* [http://www.asf.fr/shared/pdf/CarteReseau.pdf Le Réseau ASF], a PDF file that shows all ''barrières de péage'' on major routes in Southern France.
* [http://www.vinci-autoroutes.com/system/files/pdf/2012/12/carte_reseau_vinci_autoroutes.pdf Service Stations Network], a pdf file that shows all service station on major routes in southern France.