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For the summer holidays, the French will choose the car, but not always theirs: our advice


Of all the roads of France in Europe / The one I prefer is the one that leads /
By car or hitchhiking / Towards the shores of the Midi / National 7
»Sang Charles Trenet in 1955. Since that time, the country has crisscrossed itself with highways and vacationers take trains and planes by storm every summer to go further and further. Well, that was before the pandemic. 2020 has been a catastrophic year for air and rail transport. By obligation, the French stayed in France and by choice, they voted for the private car.

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Summer 2021 will be almost identical, according to a survey carried out in early May by YouGov for Bip & Go, a company specializing in electronic toll badges

Extract from an SNCF advertisement for the Autotrain in the 1970s

Extract from an SNCF advertisement for the Autotrain in the 1970s

Another lesson from this survey, to get around, 68% intend to use their personal car (59% of inhabitants of the Paris region and 75% for others), against 19% by plane and 18% by train. And yet the SNCF has not been unworthy and the airlines have organized themselves. Too bad all the same that Autotrains have stopped circulating in France (for economic reasons) since December 2019 …
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