From 1 July 2018, speed limits on some French roads are lower.
On 9 January 2018, France’s government decided to cut the speed limit from 90 km/h to 80 km/h on some roads.
The new speed limit applies to the more than 400,000 kms of two-way roads with no dividing line.
Around 11,000 speed signs need to be replaced. In the short term some will be covered.
The highly contested decision was deemed necessary because of the high number of road deaths on French roads.
In 2016, around 3,500 were killed, two thirds of them on roads with speed limits of 90 km/h.
The government expects to save 350 to 400 lives a year with the change of speed limit, which will last for at least two years.
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