It might only be separated by a thin ribbon of water, but there are plenty of French cars we rarely see in the UK. Electric vehicles, in particular, enjoy a huge following thanks to an abundance of cheap, clean electricity.
The Paris motor show isn't just playing host to some oddball domestically-built cars. JLR is making much of its involvement with the James Bond franchise, while Tunisia's only car maker made the journey to the Paris Expo to show its Mini Moke-like Izis.
Click the image above to see the weird and the wonderful from Paris.
Aixam and Ligier
French 'light quadricycle' provisions mean no driving licence is required for two-seat vehicles up to 4kW (5.4bhp) that weigh less than 350kg and travel below 45kph (30mph). Aixam has recently added EVs to its existing range of two-cylinder, 400cc diesels (the engines are supplied by Kubota), and added a Coupé body style. They’re the only quadricycles to offer ABS. Competitor Ligier counters with the petrol-powered, €12,790 (£10,200) JS50 RC, named for 1960s F1 racer Jo Schlesser, a friend of Guy Ligier.
A battle-scarred double-cab Defender pick-up featured on Land Rover’s stand to mark JLR’s involvement in the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, to be released late next month. The Defender stars in the film’s opening sequence, driven by Naomie Harris in her role as a field agent called ‘Eve’. JLR supplied 77 vehicles for the production at Pinewood Studios, also including Range Rovers and Jaguar XJs for use on-screen and off. The previous Bond film also featured a Range Rover Sport.