Parking is strictly regulated in urban areas, and permitted only in spaces marked with a white color. Parking in the streets is limited, so the long-term parking is available in the parking lots. Lot's of French cities have the modern and secure multilevel parking lots. It's will be more expensive than parking in the street, but there will be offered to you more space and possibility to park for much longer term.
Chargeable parking in France
The white zone with a written word Payant there will mean that the parking is chargeable. You can buy your tickets from the ticket machines that placed along the street. Allowed time for parking starts of 15 minutes parking up to 2 hours. You should live your parking ticket visible through the windshield of the driver's side of the car.
Places where the parking is prohibited:
Parking places with yellow curbs are for commercial and service vehicles only, where is allowed to drop or pick up the passengers next to dotted yellow lines. Parking is not permitted in the certain main routes through the center of Paris, labeled as axes rouges signs (red routes).
Blue zone is the area in the roads with a blue markings where you allowed to park free of charge for an hour any time between 9.00 and 12 o'clock and during the period between 14.00 and 19.00 starting of Monday till Saturday. There are no limitations during the opening hours or Sundays and public holidays. From 12.00 to 14.00 o'clock there are no restrictions for parking. If you park your car in the blue zone, your disk (disque de contrôle/stationement) must be displayed in the windshield of your vehicle.