The Nationale 7, the road, the blue road, the holiday road… It was the longest road in France : 996km (620 miles) from Notre-Dame in Paris to the French/Italian border in Menton passing through the Fontainebleau forest, Moulins, Lyon, Avignon, Nice…
Since the highway, railroad and airplane networks became more and more common, the road has been left alone. The first downgrading to secondary roads took place in 1972 and continue until today. Since then, traffic has become more and more sparse. The road is strewed of villages wich used to depend on the economy of road trafic.
In 2005, it was decided that only half of the road was to remain active as the Nationale 7.