Winter tyre rules vary from one country to another
Each European country adopts its own rules for winter tyres, studded tyres and snow chains. In France, as in the UK, winter tyres are not mandatory (although strongly recommended for your safety in low temperatures). However, in neighbouring countries such as Germany, Austria, Luxembourg or even Italy, there are strict rules on the use of winter tyres.
Note that several aspects of tyre law vary between European countries, so it’s not just a question of whether or not you need winter tyres and when. We recommend you check the details of tyre legislation in the countries you’re travelling through before you leave. Simple errors such as not having sufficient tread depth could lead to an on-the-spot fine if you’re not careful.