Traffic jams in Vienne (Isère) in 2018 (photo illustration) - PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP

The day is black in the direction of departures, red for returns

The traffic was very dense on the road to the holidays, this Saturday morning, in accordance with the forecasts of Bison Futé which had announced a black day in the direction of departures, red for the returns. For this second crossover weekend marked by scorching temperatures, traffic was expected to be difficult in the South-West, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions and on the Mediterranean arc, in both directions.

The first difficulties were noticed at dawn and many slowdowns were noted, especially on the A7 between Lyon-Marseille in the North-South direction. Between Lyon and Orange, around 10 a.m., the journey time was four hours against a little over an hour and a half usually, according to Vinci-Autoroutes.

Between Paris and Bordeaux, on the A10, traffic was also very busy in the morning, especially between Tours and Poitiers where it took an hour and a half more than normal. On the other hand, the traffic was fluid on the A9 from or towards Spain.

Nine departments are placed on red alert because of the hot weather affecting France, combined with the health crisis and ozone pollution. Paris has already implemented differentiated traffic on Thursday and the same measure applies to Lyon this Saturday.

The ozone pollution alert procedure was maintained for the third consecutive day in the Bouches-du-Rhône, leading to restrictive measures, particularly on the roads.


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