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DrivingJuillettistes, Aoûtiens and the Chassé-Croisé

Summer is the time of year that the French get divided into two groups - Juillettistes or Aoûtiens. Juillettiste are those that go on vacation in juillet - July and Aoûtiens are those that go on vacation in août - August.

Juillettistes and Aoûtiens often find themselves on the road at the same time, one coming back, the other going on vacation. This leads to what the French call the chassé-croisé - the crisscrossing of Juillettistes and Aoûtiens often on Saturday - Samedi noir.

It means that often the worst day in France for traffic is the last Saturday in July. This day is just about always rated Black, meaning heavy traffic by Bison Futé. The French government web site for traffic in France.


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