Traffic Signs : France

Wherever you go, traffic signs are generally recognisable even if they look a little different. But there are some you won't know, and some may have slightly different meanings.

Here is a guide to signs that you'll most likely encounter on French roads. A number of signs will be accompanied by supplementary plate to emphasise meaning, or to indicate distance, direction or exceptions.

Priority signs

Crossroads ahead
You must give way to
traffic from the right

Crossroads ahead
You have priority over
traffic from side roads

Give way

Prepare to give way
150 metres ahead
 

Stop and give way

Prepare to stop
150 metres ahead
 

Priority route
You have priority over
traffic from side roads

End of priority route
You must give way to
traffic from the rightt

Roundabout
Give way to vehicles coming from your left

 

 

 

 

Warning signs

Bend to the right

Bend to the left

Succession of bends,
first to the right

Succession of bends,
first to the left

Uneven road surface

Speed humps ahead

Road narrows
on both sides

Road narrows
on the right

Road narrows
on the left

Slippery road surface 

Lifting bridge

Level crossing
with barriers

Level crossing
without barriers

Tramway crossing ahead 

Children

Pedestrian crossing
ahead

Other danger

Risk of cattle
on the road

Risk of sheep
on the road

Risk of wildlife
on the road

Risk of mounted horses
on the road

Steep descent

Traffic signals

Two way traffic

Risk of falling rocks

Quayside or river bank

Cyclists crossing

Risk of low flying aircraft

Dangerous crosswinds

Temporary warning signs

Ueven road surface

Road narrows
on both sides

Slippery road surface

Roadworks

Other danger

Temporary traffic signals

 Loose chippings

 Queues likely

Accident

Fog or drifting smoke

 Temporary traffic
conditions

Road closed


   

Contraflow
(with traffic restriction)

Temporary lane
restrictions

Temporary lane merge

Diversion

Diversion ahead

Temporary deviation

Prohibition signs
No  vehicles permitted No entry No left turn No right turn No u-turns  No overtaking 
No overtaking by
goods vehicles
Stop - customs post  Stop - gendarmerie Stop - police Stop - toll No parking
No parking
1st - 15th of the month
No parking
16th-31st of the month
No stopping No motor vehicles
except mopeds
No motor vehicles No goods vehicles
No pedestrians No cycles No horse-drawn vehicles No agricultural vehicles No handcarts No buses
No mopeds No motorcycles No towing vehicles Maximum permitted length Maximum permitted width Maximum permitted height
Maximum permitted
weight
Maximum permited
axle weight
Maximum speed limit Give way to oncoming
vehicles
Use of horns prohibited Minimum permitted
distance between vehicles
No vehicles carrying
exploives
No vehicles carrying
water pollutants
No vehicles carrying
dangerous loads
No vehicles permited
with exception shown
End of all restrictions End of lower speed limit
End of no overtaking
prohibition
End of no overaking by
goods vehicles prohibition
End of no use of
horns prohibition
Start of restricted
parking zone
Start of maximum
speed zone
End of resricted
parking zone
         
End of maximum
speed zone
         

Mandatory signs

Turn right

Turn left

Keep right

Keep left

Ahead only

Turn right ahead

Turn left ahead

Turn right or
continue ahead

Turn left or
continue ahead

Turn left or right

Cycle lane

Pedestrians only

Bridleway

Minimum speed limit

Use of snow chains
mandatory

Bus lane

Tram lane

Other mandatory
instruction

End of cycle lane 

End of pedestrian route

End of bridleway

End of minimum
speed limit

End of mandatory
use of snow chains

End of bus lane

     

End of other restriction



Information signs

Parking

Disc parking zone

Meter parking zone

Risk of wild fires

Advsiory speed limit

End of advisory
speed limit

Taxi rank

Bus stop

Emergency layby

One way street

No through road

No through road
on side street

Road use restrictions

Priority over oncoming
vehicles

Pedesrian crossing

Tram crossing

Restricted caravan
parking

Use of overtaking lane
forbidden by vehicles
indicated

Contra-flow bus lane

Left lane leaves onto
slip road

Right lane leaves onto
slip road

SIde road warning

Contra-flow cycle lane

Escape lane

Speed hump

Lane merge

Overtaking lane

End of overtaking lane

Pavement parking
permitted

Start of expressway

End of expressway

Tunnel

End of tunnel

Cycle route

End of cycle route

Pedestrian and cycle route

End of pedestrian and
cycle route

Start of motorway

End of motoway

Start of home zone

End of home zone

Pedestrian area

   

End of pedestrian area

Start of built up area
Speed limit 50 km/h unless otherwise signed

End of built up area
Speed limit 80 km/h unless otherwise signed

Very small locality
usually nothing more
than a cluster of houses

Toll booth  



Direction signs
 

Direction sign for  large
and local destinations

Direction sign
with distances
Local direction sign

Direction sign
for prohibited traffic

Direction sign
for a small settlement

Upcoming exit
on a non-motorway route

Upcoming exit
on a non-motorway route

Upcoming exit
on a motorway

Distance to upcoming
exit with junction number

Distance to upcoming exit
on a non-motorway route

Distance to a
motorway interchange

Overhead sign for a
numbered exit

Overhead sign for an
exit with lane drop

Overhead sign for an
exit with slip road

Overhead sign for
lanes continuing ahead

Overhead sign for
lanes leaving motorway

Advanced direction sign

Advanced direction sign
Advanced direction sign Advanced direction sign

Distance to next junction

Distance to next junction
with a lane drop

Distance to
motorway interchange

Distance to interchange
with a lane drop



Route confirmation signs

Distance to next junction
with places served

Distance to interchange
with places served

Distance to motorway
interchange

Distance to numbered
junction

Distance to motorway
interchange







Junctions that can be
used for a destination

Itineraire de substitution
Notification of optional
alternative route

Route bis
Alternative long distance
route to avoid congestion
End of alternative
route

Peripherique / Rocade
Ring road

 



All sign graphics on this page by Roulex45 and used under a Creative Commons 3.0 license, except direction signs which are by Jeff Steiner