Driving in France, Car Rental, Luggage Space,
Standard Shift
Driving in France:
Speed Limits
Speed limits in Europe are by KPH: Kilometers per hour and are clearly marked along most roads in France, often with flashing lights.          
Berms,or speed bumps are used to slow traffic but are not too large and  in limited numbers. They are  marked by a tent like symbol that will look like the symbol for a campsite.
Speed limits are clearly posted as above; this is 80.77 mph when clear, 68.35 in the rain  130 Kilometers per hour on a clear day 110 in the rain,
speed limits through villages will be greatly reduced and enforced
Car Rental, Luggage Space
When shopping for a rental car, you should consider your need for luggage space when determining size of the vehicle. Some agencies suggest the number of bags that each model can carry,

Shop on line well ahead of your trip.
Another important consideration will be your ability to drive a standard shift vehicle.  You will find Highway driving is just like highway travel in the US with toll tickets, rest areas, food and gas stops all being very similar but hill villages will require skill with the clutch in standard shift vehicles.
Familiarity with the
International  Driving Symbols would help. A map legend will have explanations of  the various  symbols and road sign logos.
France Car Rental,  Luggage Space, Standard Shift, International Traffic Symbols
Car Rental and Driving France's highways is very similar to Rental and travel in the US  or Canada.  High speed toll roads connect the cities.  The toll roads offer rest areas/gas stops, information.
In France the Car Rental, the vehicles, and the Traffic Laws,  vary little from the US or Canada.
International Traffic Symbols are graphic rather than language based as in the US
An exit sign showing the route number of the feeder road with the towns listed.  The speed limit is listed on a white sign with a red circle: 90 KM per hour or about 56 miles per
Car Rental can be booked on  line through Auto Europe.  They broker the best deal with agencies located in all major cities and at TGV train stations in the smaller cities such as Avignon
Standard shift rental could be the least expensive but will require skill with the clutch in the hillside villages.
Driving in France is done on the right side of the road and is  similar to the USA, Canada, and Mexico
Highway Driving in France differs little from US, Canada, and Mexico
Marked Speed Limits similar Traffic Laws, Rest stops for Gassing up.
On side roads The Rotary will display directions to villages and cities.
Safety equipment is required in France and will be supplied by the rental agency.   Car seats for infants should be booked ahead and reserved
Return the rental car with an empty tank?  See Policy details
Driving to Provence: Rental cars are available at CDG Airport and high speed toll roads will speed you to Provence.  A one day trip is possible but a two day trip will allow sightseeing on the way,
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A diesel vehicle will be less expensive to run.
When gassing.   Note that fuel will be less expensive at the
local filling station  or Market in the small town or village than on the highway.  Diesel is called diesel or Gazole in France.
When Driving in France the Car Rental Luggage Space, standard shift, or automatic, and diesel or gas will be considerations.
Otherwise Driving France's highways is very similar to that in the US or Canada with high speed toll roads, rest areas/gas stops.
Driving in France is done on the right side of the road
Return the rental car with an empty tank?  See Policy details
The web offers selection, price, and ease of booking.  Shop online well ahead of your trip and choose diesel or gas, luggage space, standard or automatic, two door, four door and other options.  Reserve extras such as stroller and car seats..
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Driving in France is similar to the USA and done on the right side of the road.
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