“This weekend will mark the end of the school holidays” and “most of the road traffic concerns returns from coastal regions to major cities”, indicated the public road information service.

“During the entire period, in the direction of returns, traffic will be difficult at the national level”, continued Bison Futé, who noted a peak of traffic jam of 588 km on Saturday at 12:05 p.m.

“The level thus reached is lower than expected,” he qualified.

The main difficulties were expected from 10 a.m. on Saturday and should however continue until the beginning of the evening, mainly on the A7 and A8 motorways in the Rhône valley and on the Mediterranean Arc and on the A10 from Bordeaux to Paris.

Sunday, in the direction of returns also, the traffic forecasts are announced “very difficult” in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Monday, “the combination of returns from vacation and work-home journeys will make traffic difficult”, classified red in Île-de-France and in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The public service noted at noon an Orange-Vienne journey time of 3:20 instead of 1:30 and indicated that traffic was picking up in the ascent of the Rhône valley.

In the capital of the Gauls, the closure for maintenance work of the Fourvière tunnel, the Lyon portion of the A6/A7 motorway heading south, is preventing the flow of traffic.

A peak of more than 1,000 km of traffic jams had been accumulated at midday on Saturday of the second crossover weekend of the summer (August 6), a day classified red for departures at national level and black in a broad southeast quarter.