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Car Insurance In France

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Car insurance in France is a requirement. If you drive in France than you must have insurance. At the minimum you must carry “third party liability” insurance also referred to as “public liability” insurance or “damage insurance”.

The minimum insurance does not protect your automobile nor does it cover the medical expenses of the driver. Of course you can opt for a more comprehensive plan that will provide you with more coverage.  It is always a good idea to get as much coverage as you can afford.

Insurance Sticker

When you purchase car insurance in France you are given a small green sticker that has to be displayed on your windscreen. This sticker gives you and others the basic information about your insurance plan and is an easy reference in case of an accident.

If you do not have this green sticker displayed on the windscreen you risk being hit with heavy fines.


Even if you are only visiting France for a short period of time you will still need to have car insurance that will cover you while you are in France. Some car insurance plans that are in effect in other countries will also cover you while you are visiting but some do not.

It is important to contact your carrier BEFORE you leave for France to see if you can either add coverage to be able to drive in France of if it is already included. Of course you can also shop and compare options from other carriers to get the coverage that you need.

Shopping for Car Insurance in France

You can shop online to compare car insurance in France options. You can evaluate different plans to best suit your needs and to provide you with the best coverage for your money. You do not have to pay a lot of money to get a great plan that will provide you with the coverage that you want.

In France most insurance plans start at the minimal limit of liability which may not be right for you. Many people wisely choose plans that are more comprehensive that cover things like vehicle damage, theft and medical coverage.

More comprehensive coverage can be affordable if you spend a little bit of time shopping for car insurance in France. You can save money and get a plan that will  provide you with the coverage that will best meet your needs!

Insurance in other European Countries

Insurance is also mandatory in other European countries. Use these links to learn more about car insurance in the following countries:

Denmark – Bilforsikring and Angloinfo

Germany – How to Germany

Spain – Easy cover

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