Originally Posted by tommyvdv
Any idea about the camping/bivouac rules in France? Can we set up camp anywhere or are we forced to use campsites?
There are some experienced campers here but I'm not one of them so let's hope they come by.
That said, out of curiosity I surfed on the French sites until I was cross-eyed trying to get some definitive info. What I read several times was that there is no legal and specific prohibition per se, but there are other laws that prohibit camping on private land without the owner's permission, camping within 500 meters of listed monuments, eg. chateaux or churches, no leaving trash, etc. So in reality, if would seem that you're restricted but not completely shut out. The word 'discretion' popped up, such as being quiet, out of sight of others, camp late and leave early if it's wild.