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It's called a “ligne de dissuasion” (literally “deterrence line”). The idea is to indicate that it's too late to switch from the leftmost lane to the exit. But it's not strictly forbidden to cross the line, especially in the other direction (from the rightmost lane to the leftmost lane), e.g. to overtake or make some space for someone getting on the ...


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This page calls such lines lignes de dissuasion, saying that while crossing is allowed, it is discouraged. And for what I think is a more reliable site, here is a site that offers tests on the French auto code. It has a page on markings. It offers: Les lignes de dissuasion Souvent rencontrées sur les routes étroites et sinueuses. Elles ...


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You're a Pedestrian, Act Like One In France roller skates and other wheeled contraptions are considered as games, rather than means of transportation, and are therefore not subject to any specific regulation. Indeed from a legal standpoint the French Traffic Code states that skaters are considered pedestrians and must therefore abide by the same rules. ...


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I have frequently travelled by train in and out of Switzerland. Border guards used to enter the train at the border, run through the train, asking one or two people for their passports (or, rarely, everybody) and getting off again. But now Switzerland is in Schengen, so the train journey should be no problem at all. It does mean that Switzerland will be ...


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There are various low-budget hotels offering basic rooms around Paris. Hotels Formule 1 (F1) by Accor is one such franchise. The rooms are pretty basic, in other words you get what you pay for. These hotels are usually found outside the city, and (arguably) for this reason offer free car parking to their guests. Quoting from the linked Wikipedia page, here ...


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"Usual" sales opening To complement other answers, indeed the sales start exactly 90 days in advance on most trains - TGV and Intercités as @audionuma quoted. Be careful though, some trains like regional ones have specific fare policies that include different starting dates, and that depends on each region (e.g. I tried on the PACA TER website and I could ...


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Between Paris and Tours you can either take a TGV (highspeed train) or an "Intercités" (classical train). Both are cheaper when booked in advance. The full fare for a 2nd class TGV ticket is 65 EUR. Booked in advance it can be as cheap as 25 EUR. For Intercités the range goes from 15 EUR to 36.20 EUR. You should also know that TGVs can sell out. If you are ...


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According to the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals (http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/conventn/signalse.pdf), Chapter IV, Article 26, paragraph 2 (a), a broken line can be used (i) "to demarcate lanes" or (ii) "to give warning of the approach to a continuous line ... or of the approach to another section of road presenting a particular ...


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A simple search on booking.com shows that there are rooms available in the city starting from 68 euro per night for a double room on a date that I've chosen randomly since I don't know your dates. I set the minimum review score as 7, since the ones lower than that have been very disappointing to my experience. There is the map option, where you could see ...


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The Dombes region is accessible from Lyon by regional train (TER) in about 35 minutes. The region has hundreds of ponds, used for fish farming. There are 130 bird species living here and waterfowl abound. There are walking and biking routes, bike rental is available. http://www.villars-les-dombes.com/


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To confirm what Relaxed said and detail a bit more on your specific situation, there are a couple interesting elements. The conditions of the SNCF specifically mention that the ticket, included the e-ticket/printed ticket, is valid for the same day after validation or after the indicated train time (in the case of e-ticket) (paragraph 3.3): Après le ...


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This sentence refers to traditional non-dated tickets. Because such tickets don't mention a specific train, you can stop somewhere and then take the next train on the same line with the same ticket. I have no idea whether this also applies to online tickets but that's not something you would book specifically. So if you wanted to do that, you would simply ...


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This page (in French) from SNCF http://aide.voyages-sncf.com/toute-laide-train/je-prepare-mon-voyage/informations-pratiques-horaires-trafic-gares/ouverture-des-ventes mentions that the opening of sale is usually three months in advance. It basically says that the opening of sales for TGV and Intercités trains begins three months before the travel date. On ...


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Did you have a look at those sites ? https://www.airbnb.fr/ https://www.sejourning.com/ http://www.bedycasa.com/ Here is a comparison (in french) of the three ones among other competitors: On the other hand, you could try to find a flat in Clichy. It is well connected with the subway. There are 10mn only between Mairie de Clichy and Gare Saint-Lazare. ...


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Not really. First of all, the Foreign Legion provides no visa assistance whatsoever, full stop: La Légion Etrangère n'effectue aucune démarche en vue de l'obtention d'un visa ou autorisation de sortie du territoire des candidats à l'engagement. So you will need to get a visa to France (or another Schengen country) on your own merits. There are ...


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It does not matter. France and Switzerland are members of the Schengen area. There will be a border control when you enter the area. When travelling between countries there are no border controls. However, the French Police is regularly patroling in international trains and makes sporadic controls. They may ask travel documents or about the purpose of ...


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I am positive there is no possibility to change seats easily (and searching the help on voyages-sncf returned no result). Once you made a reservation, this is not easy to make any change to it. I do not have any reservation right now to try harder to change the seat but recently I cancelled my booking and made a new one just to get a different seat. So that ...


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If it's really important that France and not Switzerland is your point of entry then it's quite possible. You simply exit GVA from the French side and get your passport stamped by French immigration if they happen to be there, take a taxi to Ferney-Voltaire which is literally five minutes away from the airport. From there you can take a Line F bus to Geneva ...


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As of May 2015, Cherbourg-Paris cannot be done entirely on a TER, but rather on an Intercités train. The fare conditions of a SNCF ticket (cardboard or e-ticket) are usually listed on the ticket. For an Intercités ticket bought on voyages-sncf.com (tgv-europe.com no longer exists) on the Leisure fare for Cherbourg-Paris, it is possible to cancel it for free ...


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From experience I say 3 months, but not sure whether that is 90 days regardless of length of the months, or same day of the week or same date regardless of month. You will have to check out a few trains and keep an eye out just before the expected period. The one exception I have seen on this rule is the Eurostar, which allows a 4 month early booking, ...


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In principle, you are indeed allowed to spend another 90 days in the Schengen area, because the time spent under a long-stay visa or residence permit does not count towards the maximum duration of a visa-free short-stay, see Does tourist visa (90 days) apply after a working holiday visa ends in Schengen countries? One issue will however be how those 90 days ...


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My membership's anniversary recently happened and I am back to the Voyageur status. I could in fact keep my points monnaie and use them for rewards. I could see some lines in the conditions about the expiration of these points though: Le solde de points monnaie d’un client qui passe du statut Grand Voyageur au statut Voyageur est supprimé 6 mois après ...


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Welcome to Grenoble! It's a beatiful city. To answer your question, there is a very cheap Geneva<->Grenoble bus, and I have never ever seen checks conducted on it. I have taken the train as well, with the same result. EDIT: Clarification on the bus. The bus in question is http://www.aerocar.fr/en/, departing from the airport every hour or so. There is ...


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Whether you need a visa depends on your citizenship. The rules are more-or-less the same as they would be if you would still be a resident in your country of origin or elsewhere in the world. If you do need a visa, then you will have to apply for it from the relevant consulate in the UK. Being a UK Tier 2 visa holder should help a bit as it makes you less ...


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Broadly, the answer to your question is 'no', there is no logic that routes the traveller through Lyon. Assuming that the two end points are Omaha Beach in Normandy and the Sylvenstein Dam in the Bavarian Alps, the prima facie route is Caen - Paris - Stuttgart - Munich. It's shown below... Even in the fictional journey from Normandy to the Bavarian ...


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I find it utterly strange that the French embassy in the US claims that you need a notarized translation of your US license to drive in France and additionally recommends you to have an international driving permit (IDP), since the point of the IDP is to provide a cheap and standardized translation of a driver's license. It is also not difficult to find ...


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I know that in France you can get an international driver licence just by requesting it at police station. As a french citizen living in Paris, I would clearly not worry driving in France with a US licence. Authorities get used to have tourist with their own driving licence. They would check for the validity of your licence only if you get problems (driving ...


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They indicate that traffic will be slowing to leave the at the exit and extend to indicate that slower traffic will be entering. In Europe, it is not legal to overtake on the nearside, so it is a reminder for polite drivers to move out (if possible) to allow slowing traffic to leave and join. It is not illegal to cross them, but the gendarmes can always ...



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