Following industrial action (blockades of fuel depots), fuel purchasing restrictions have been put in place by local authorities in some parts of France. Subsequently a significant number of petrol stations across France have run out of some or all types of fuel. In certain areas you may not be able to fill up jerry cans, or fuel rationing may be imposed.
AA breakdown services in Europe have been taking calls from UK drivers who have run out of fuel, so if you're heading to France it's best to fill up before crossing the Channel and top-up whenever you get a chance while in France.
(26 May 2016)
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office also warns that, although the situation is better than summer 2015, there is still the possibility of disruption to cross-Channel services as a result of migrant activity in Calais. Travellers are advised to check online with operators, keep vehicle doors locked in slow moving traffic in and around Calais, and secure your vehicle when it’s left unattended.
What you must carry
Driving offences abroad
City driving restrictions in Europe
Low Emission Zones
Toll roads, bridges and tunnels
Safety in road tunnels
What documents to take?
Radar detectors in France
Blue badge parking abroad
Hiring a car abroad
Camping Card International (CCI)
International Certificate for Motor Vehicles (ICMV)
Driving abroad in winter
Winter tyres and snow chains
Foreign & Commonwealth Office