EuroRAP say that British motorists face risk levels in France last seen on roads at home 15 years ago, with autoroutes proving very safe whilst other types of road proving more dangerous.
John Dawson, chairman of EuroRAP, said: "France is doing a great deal to tackle road casualties. More than 20,000 priority junctions have been replaced with safer roundabouts.
"Innovative safety engineering is common, for example with natural look safety barriers in areas of outstanding beauty. French engineers are clearly trying to make roads less hazardous for motorcyclists through specially appointed 'Monsieur Motos' in highway departments.
"However, visitors need to be aware that 15% of France's busier roads achieve only a one star rating and death rates per head of population are more than 50% higher than many neighbouring countries.
"If France is to catch up with top performing countries then the challenge is not the skills of its engineers but the size of the country. France has roughly twice the length of road that needs urgent treatment."
French road statistics:
* In the last decade, 60,000 people have lost their lives on French roads
* France the number one holiday destination for the Dutch and Belgians
* 10% of road crashes involving Dutch people happen outside the Netherlands
* In the summer, some 13% of calls to Belgian motoring clubs relate to crashes in France
* France is the UK's biggest road-touring holiday destination
* Death rates on France's roads compare with those of Britain and the Netherlands 15 years ago
* Alcohol plays a major part: in 80% of drink-drive related crashes the driver was more than twice the blood-alcohol limit