Place Charles de Gaulle

Place Charles de Gaulle, a stressful drive in Paris

Place Charles de Gaulle is a rondabout in Paris, France. It’s famous for the 12 avenues radiating from the Place, and thus indirectly for the giant traffic-jams they tend to create.

The road junction, also known as Place de l'Étoile, is among the most familiar symbols and landmarks of Paris. The rondabout receives the traffic from 12 avenues and is the symbol of traffic congestion in Paris.
The square was named Charles-de-Gaulle upon General de Gaulle's death in 1970. Before it was called Place de l'Etoile (Star Square) because of the geometrical design of the twelve avenues fanning out from the square. The experience to drive in this rondabout will give you something to talk about at dinner parties for years to come...

The road is always full of cars, thousands everyday. Traffic jams are really common anytime. If you don’t know exactly where you’re going to get off, it’s better to take the outer circle around the Arc de Triomphe. It may take longer, because you’ll have to wait for the lights every time, but it’s less stressful when you’re a beginner.