Will I be fined if I drive in flip-flops in France?

In the latest case a driver was wearing claquettes, such as these

It is summer in France and along with advice on cooking the perfect barbeque and discussions about the quality of rosé French newspapers have returned to the topic of whether you can drive wearing flip-flops or not.

In the latest case a 76-year-old man was fined €35 after an accident when he allegedly cut off a motocyclist, causing him serious injuries.

Gendarmes called to the scene said the claquettes he was wearing (simple open sandals with one strap across) were inappropriate footware for driving a car.

"You can't drive barefoot, in claquettes or tongs (flip-flops). It's ...

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