In terms of other nationals, if you hold a non-EEA licence, and you become resident in France, you are required to obtain a French driving licence within 1 year of you becoming legally resident. Accordingly, if you relocate to France and hold a carte de séjour, your licence will become invalid after one year
In France, there are a limited amount of driving tests per year, and these tests are allocated to driving schools, which can thus be picky with whom they admit. Getting a license in France is super competitive, and can take up to two years.
If you come to France for a short visit (such as holidays),
you can drive using your foreign licence. It must be valid
and either written in French or accompanied by an official translation into
French or an international licence.
Beyond one year, you must exchange your foreign licence for a French licence
The cost for exchanging your foreign licence to a French licence can vary and it can take from a few weeks to several months.The French driving licence has to be renewed every 15 years. If your existing driver’s licence is under 3 years old, your new French one will be a probationary one for 3 years.
French car manufacturers ceased producing top-
of-the-range models and sports cars as long
Compared with elsewhere in Europe, rich French people
buy comparatively few Mercedes, Audis, BMWs or Jaguars – and not just to pay less tax. However 86% of all French households still own a car