Holidays in France might well be filled with trips to the Eiffel Tower, breakfasts crammed with croissant and soaking up the sunshine in the elegant, sunny south. Yet they could equally be marred with a substantial fine, leaving many holidaymakers out of pocket. This troubling scenario could well occur should those driving in France, in a hire car or a vehicle of their own, forget one particular item. Those behind the wheel in the country need to make sure that they take a breathalyser in the vehicle with them, at all times.
If they are stopped by police and caught without one, they will be fined.
The AA website details the exact criteria these breathalysers must meet, and things Britons should check when buying one.
They said: “The breathalyser must be unused and show the French certification mark NF.
“It has to be in date too. Single-use breathalysers normally only last 12 months so check yours if you bought it for a trip last year and didn’t use it.”
Meanwhile, travel gurus from MyBaggage.com, who flagged the bizarre necessity for the item, added: “Some of the laws around the world are bizarre to say the least but it’s worth checking them out before you head off on your holidays.
Holidays 2019: Britons should always remember to take this item to France (Image: Getty)
“Failure to do so and you could face a hefty fine, and at worst, a short stint behind bars.
“It’s always important to respect the