France orders British drivers to carry breathalysers

France orders British drivers to carry breathalysersPA

New rules mean that, from next weekend, British holidaymakers will have to carry breathalyser kits in their cars when they are driving in France.

The Daily Mail reports that drivers who are caught without the kit will face a fine of £9, but there will be a period of grace until November.

The French government has approved two breathalyser kids - one that costs £3 and a digital version that costs £40.

However, UK road safety campaigners have warned that the cheap kits aren't reliable as, although they will indicate if you have been drinking, it's hard to determine if you are over the limit.

The new law is being introduced to encourage drivers to breathalyse themselves before driving. The French drink-driving limit of 50mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood equates to a large beer or glass of wine, and is much lower than the 80mg limit in the UK.

In France, motorists found with 50mg to 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood face a £108 fine and could gain six penalty points on their license. If they register above 80mg, they could be fined £3,626, lose their license and be sent to prison for up to two years.

Motorists also face £108 on-the-spot fines if they are not carrying a luminous safety vest, a warning triangle, headlamp coveters for driving at night and a GB sticker or numberplate with EU logo.

The total cost of the kit required now comes in at around £40.

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France orders British drivers to carry breathalysers

A modern whitewashed hotel on the outskirts of Rivedoux Plage, Maison des Algues is "impeccably maintained", says Sawdays. There's a small cricket pitch, terraces, gardens and an outdoor pool with free bike hire for exploring the local area and its white sand beaches. From 125 Euros per room, including breakfast. For details, visit or call +33 (0)5 46 68 01 23. 

A mere hop over the channel, the beautiful countryside of Pas de Calais is perfect for a weekend away. Check out the wild, "funky and fabulous" Maison de Plumes: think soft gold walls and glossy black woodwork, with bedrooms designed in the pattern birds' plumage (hence the name). From €99 per room per night, including breakfast. For more details, visit or call +33 (0)3 21 41 47 85.

Hidden just behind a small sleepy village square, this fifth century converted silk farm is full of surprises. A tranquil Mediterranean garden and vast bedrooms, a shaded courtyard and pool are just some of the treats to enjoy. From €220 per room per night, including breakfast  For more details, visit or call +33 (0)4 66 81 38 41.

This quirky 16th century merchant's house with its own salon de the, exposed stone walls and customised furniture sits on the lovely Finistiere coast. Nearby, Le Conquet bustles with fisherman and boats and a local market. Kids wil love the bunk bedded room designed like a ship's cabin. From €60 per room per night, room only. For more information, visit or call +33 (0)2 98 89 17 79.

Peace and serenity reign supreme at this remote 17th century farmhouse-cum-eco lodge on the edge of the Lac du Pecher. It's a place for nature lovers, beautifully decorated with "gigantic views". From €140 per room per night, half-board. Visit for more, or call +33 47120 8309.

This 300-year-old vine workers' house has been revived with no expenses spared: think original 17th century fireplaces, snow-white linen and handsome oil paintings. And the beautiful village of Beune, with its medieval streets, is just a stone's throw away. From €220 per room per night, including breakfast. Visit  or call +33 (0)3 80 22 82 84.

A fairy-tale like castle with much to enchant, you'll love the sprawling grounds, stained glass decor and deep sofas. Oh, and it's is also singled out for its 'incredible' food. From €88 per room per night, includes breakfast –  +33 (0)4 77 66 64 60.

Peeping through lavender shutters at sweeping landscaped gardens, this rejuvenated Provencal house offers all sorts of delights, including its own natural rock pool for taking a cool dip, a masseur in the garden, an olive grove and a chicken run. From €180 per room per night, includes breakfast – for more information, visit +33 (0)6 30 00 62 04.

In a large park with vast pastures and woods, this 16th century chateau boasts four-poster beds, a large pool and even a treehouse room complete with chandeliers. From €110 per room per night, room only. For more details, visit  +33 (0)5 65 67 90 62.

This classic baroque 19th-century townhouse is hidden away off a bustling street: with its quiet lawned quadrangle, opulent boudoirs and ornate fireplaces and Philip Stark bathrooms, it promises to provide a welcome retreat from the buzzing Bordeaux atmosphere when you need to relax. From 160 Euros per room per night, room only. Visit or call + 33 (0)5 57 88 28 80.

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