Here’s mine story of Hitchhiking in France:
I got a lot of advice on my last post so I wanted to share some information with you guys. As it turns out hitchhiking on highways is illegal in France. The police near Orléans was very upset with me when I tried to walk on the side of the road in order to get to a good spot in the direction I needed.
I was dropped off next to the toll station by the driver and wasn’t allowed to go back to the same place. Instead, an officer took me to a roundabout outside the highway where I waited for 2 hours until I found someone who went my way.
Tip: Ask the driver to drop you off at a resting station before he/she leaves the highway (I rode all along the A-10). It’s still “on the road” so it serves the purpose but not on the highway itself where the police give tickets and drivers don’t stop. If you’re going long distance (as I did) most likely that those who stop at that station would also since you usually don’t stop to have coffee and something to eat when you’re close to home.
Stay safe and hitch wisely ☺