Using phones at the wheel is now illegal in France even if you're pulled over

NOTE POSED BY MODEL File photo dated 13/08/14 of a woman using a mobile phone while driving. Half of Britons (50\%) believe all use of mobiles while driving is dangerous, Government research has found.
NOTE POSED BY MODEL File photo dated 13/08/14 of a woman using a mobile phone while driving. Half of Britons (50\%) believe all use of mobiles while driving is dangerous, Government research has found.

As part of the country's continued crackdown on mobile phone usage at the wheel, France has now passed a law making it illegal to use your phone even when the car is pulled over.

Previously, the law was much the same as that of the UK – phone usage was prohibited while the car was 'circulating' in traffic. That meant you were not allowed to touch your mobile while the car was in motion or stopped in traffic.