Military thinking behind yellow headlights

yellow headlights were compulsory in France for 50 years
You can still see vehicles on French roads sporting yellow headlights

For nearly 50 years, vehicles in France were obliged by law to have yellow headlights - but no one appears to know why

A distinctive feature of driving in France used to be the yellow headlights on all cars, which were found in no other European country.

Now, though not illegal they are a rare sight only seen on some old cars. But up until 1993, when France decided to comply with European norms, they were compulsory under a law which was introduced in 1936 and which stated that cars could only carry “headlights which radiate a yellow light ...

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