I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jeff Steiner for his help with the writing of this article, for sharing his expertise on the subject with us and for kindly allowing the use of some of his images.
Jeff is an expert on the topic of French road signs.
Jeff is an American who has lived in France for over 20 years and because of a quirk in the driving rules between the US and France he had to take his driving test when he moved to France to be able to drive there! (One good thing about the EU is we can drive there legally) Jeff still takes many a road trip as he hasn't lost the car culture of his native Los Angeles!
France is the largest country in Western Europe. Its Autoroute system has some 4200 miles of roads. That's not including national and departmental roads of which there are over 230,000 miles! That means there's lots of road signs you'll see and need to understand.
This paperback road sign book is by Christopher Anthony Malden.