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France has introduced a new law which means you must have an "NF” marked breathalyser in your car from the 1st of July 2012, though there's a grace period until November 1st. The law states that one breathalyser must be produced, but it's recommended that you carry two in case you use one (presumably the point of the law…). It must carry the French NF-approval marking – worth checking if you already have a breathalyser and don't forget that the French limit at 0.5% BAC is lower than our 0.8% BAC.
If you hire a car in France, it should come with a breathalyser though we'd recommend checking the small print regarding replacement if you use one. Cars hired outside France probably won't – again, worth considering if you might visit France.
You can buy them at the border, in local shops or order before travelling.
If you are hiring a car, don't simply accept the car hire excess insurance products offered by the rental firm, you can probably get a better deal via our comparison service.