France 100km limit: Fines issued ahead of long weekend

Gendarmerie check driver attestation 100km forms in the Calvados department
Gendarmerie and police have been checking thousands of drivers since the start of deconfinement

Police in France have completed 200,000 checks and issued almost 1,000 fines to drivers attempting to travel beyond the 100km deconfinement limit, as authorities urge caution over the coming Ascension long weekend.

Junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari confirmed the police numbers during interviews with news networks BFMTV and RMC yesterday (Tuesday May 19).

He said there had been 200,000 checks, and 950 fines issued to drivers attempting to travel further than the 100km limit imposed by the rules of deconfinement.

Since May 11 - the start of deconfinement in France - the public has been free to travel anywhere within 100km (as the crow flies) from their home, without a travel form. Travel beyond this distance must only be done for an “imperative family or professional reason”, and requires a new attestation form.

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