Canadians Driving In France, International Traffic Symbols for Driving in France
Driving in France differs little from driving in Canada except that narrow roads in the rural countryside and fast and impatient drivers among the locals in the city  may be a surprise to the less than aggressive Canadian motorist.  
The rules of driving in France are similar to those in Canada, including the giving of the right of way to the car in the rotary except where noted by dark lines or arrows.  
The
rotary will become a most welcome sight while driving in France and Italy because they have signs clearly marking directions to cities and towns.
When in doubt about a direction, you can circle the rotary as many times as it takes to get your bearings. The rotaries are also a welcome sight because they eliminate the need for a traffic light at a crossroads. Even in the big cities of France and Italy the rotary speeds traffic along and avoids the gridlock that often snarls big city traffic.  
The rotary around the Arc de Triomphe might be the classic: eight lanes of screaming traffic whiz around France's iconic arch at the end of the Champs-Elysees and peel off in various directions without ever going through the gears.
Study the rotary nuance, however, the car in the rotary does not always have sole right of way.
Will it fit: the big difference will be narrow roads and Medieval city gates that make you appreciate the compact car and small RV.
Speed Limits

Speed limits in Europe are in Kilometers per hour and are clearly marked along most roads in France, often with flashing lights.          
Topes, berms, speed bumps or whatever you might call the annoying traffic slowers do exist on the roads of France but in limited numbers
They are  marked by a tent like symbol that will at first fool the driver looking for a campsite.
Kilometers to Miles   If you are accustomed to figuring millage in statute miles rather  than KMs
A handy rule of thumb to quickly convert kilometers to miles is to take the overall distance, 90 kilometers for example, divide by three and add two of the thirds. This will give you 60 miles in this case.   90 divided by 3 =30 x2= 60, approximately converting 90 km to 60 miles. Although inaccurate for long distances, this can be quickly done in your head and will be near enough for short distances.
Highway Travel
Highway driving is just like highway travel in Canada with rest areas, food and gas stops all being very similar.  Keep small change handy in coins for rural stops.

Learning the words for a few of the important highway signs, the word for right, Droit, left, Gouche, paid parking, Payant, and a few others can help but a complete use of the French language is not needed for a successful road trip in France.
Familiarity with the
road symbols would help. A map legend will have explanations of the circle with the line through it, the word interdit, and various other symbols and road sign logos now used commonly worldwide.
Car Rental,  International Traffic Symbols, International Driving Permit
International traffic Symbols on France's highways are similar to those in Canada
In France the Traffic Laws, International Traffic Symbols, and the Renting of an automobile varies little from that in Canada
Driving in France for  Canadians: No driving test needed, renting a car very similar.
No IDP needed in France
No Passing for commercial vehicles
zone ends
Rotary
with yield to traffic in rotary
The no parking symbol.
The cities will have paid parking, usually an automated system with a machine that vends a ticket for placing on the windshield or a ticket that you take on entering and then insert and pay on leaving
Highway speed Limit, reduced in rain and fog from the usual 130 KM per hour for clear day speeds on France's toll roads.
Do You need an International Driving Permit to Drive in Europe.
In France and Italy you can
rent a car and do not need to show an International Driving Permit, only your drivers license from your home country and perhaps your passport.  In France you do not need the IDP.  
Italian law requires that you do carry an IDP as does Spain, Portugal, Greece, and several of the former Soviet Union countries. If you are traveling to other countries it is a good document to have.
The International Driving Permit is
issued by the Canadian Automobile Association the CAA in Canada, the only government sanctioned body to issue it. The cost is moderate at $15 dollars and not a bad bit of insurance against running into trouble while driving in Europe.
International Driver Permit Application    IDP
Prices and availability, gas or diesel models,
RV Rentals in Europe, Air and Hotel
Auto Europe  selection, price, and ease of booking on the web. . Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel or gas, luggage space, Important , standard or automatic, Important,   two door, four door and other options.: GPS, Cell Phone  Reserve extras such as baby seats, strollers, telephones.
Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to various towns.  Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations..
Information for those renting a vehicle in France
The no parking symbol.
The cities will have paid parking, usually an automated system with a machine that vends a ticket for placing on the windshield or a ticket that you take on entering and then insert and pay when leaving
Highway speed Limit, reduced in rain and fog from the usual 130 KM per hour for clear day speeds on France's toll roads.
Highway Rest stops have automated gas pumps, self serve and info booths and maps.  Diesel is common in France and you must use caution when fueling.  Both gasoline and diesel are located on the same island.
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Canadians Driving In France should find the International Traffic Symbols  familiar.   When Driving in France,  Car Rental,  International Traffic Symbols, and International Driving laws will differ little
Canadians Driving In France will find the rotary both helpful and a little tricky in its right of way nuances.
Canadians and Americans Driving In France must take care to notice the right of way in the rotary.  
Canadians Driving In France will recognize the International Traffic Symbols for Driving in France.  In this photos 130 Kilometers per hour on a clear day 110 in the rain.   
Canadians Driving In France will recognize the International Traffic Symbols and find the familiar highway gas stop rest areas.
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