THE French government has given the green light to drivers to continue to display where they live on car number plates.
New rules set to come into force on January 1 would have seen the popular departément codes replaced with an administrative number, but many drivers were unhappy at losing the local reference.
Now the interior minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie, has said that cars which require new plates can display a small badge and the departément number of the driver's choice.
The main element of the change, which is to assign a number to a car for its working life, will still come into force at the beginning of the year for new cars and for second hand cars from March 1, 2009 where changes to the carte grise are required.
Website: French number plate regulations