Driving in France with children on the front seat / Childrens car seats in France
Kids sitting on the front passenger seat in France
Children under 10 are not allowed to travel on the front seats of a car while driving in France.
HOWEVER: if you're driving a car that cannot carry the child on a back seat, either because it doesn't have a back seat, or it is temporarily unusable, is not fitted with seat belts or is already occupied with children under 10, then they can go on the front seat of the car.
Childrens car seats in the front passenger seat in France
In some cases, child seats that are designed to fit in the Front of a car but designed to be REAR FACING are allowed, only if they have European approval, you disable the passenger’s airbag and meet all the requirements of the rear facing seat - observing strictly the weight and installation specifications.
Childrens booster seats and car seats ages in France
All children under 10 years of age are required to be sitting in a booster seat or child seat adapted to their weight and size, unless they are tall enough for the cars seat belt to fit them while sitting normally, crossing their shoulder and NOT their neck.
Under no circumstances can the child be using some type of domestic chair or cushion from a house to boost their height! At all times while driving in France they must either be in an approved child seat or be tall enough to use a seatbelt normally without the seatbelt passing across their neck.