You can II think but if you can possibly manage take your own as you never know about the quality or history of the one they will lend to you. Even the budget airlines have to take your car seat free of charge in the hold. Have a lovely time!
We hired one once; never again. It was from Grenoble Airport and it was terrible. Felt really insubstantial compared to our own one and the straps were too loose for our daughter (quite small - 2nd percentile weight/9th percentile height).
We did. For 2 toddlers, they were really basic seats, seemed very old and well-used , took us ages to fit them because of no instructions, no-one to help because of massive queues in the car hire place, nightmare. Only used them travelling to and from the gite (?) and felt worried the whole time.
You tend to be ok if hiring form a sizeable location (large airport for example) and if hiring with Hertz or Avis (if they bring out a cruddy one, tell them it isn't good enough and they'll find another one for you). But you can end up with real grot if you go with a smaller car hire company.
We go back and forth to France all the time and have only once had a really unacceptable seat given to us.
We always hire because it is less faff to worry about at th eairport, and we figure that if there was no alternative we could always pick up a cheap seat in Carrefour for the same price as hiring one.
We worry about what happens to the seat loading/ unloading from the plane so a bit of a double edfged sword. in the end we hired this year in france. 2 toddler seats. both were fine. not luxury ones like we have here but perfectly serviceable and adequate. we flew to toulouse.
Another thought. Does anyone know what the law is regarding child carseats in France, as I was wondering if I could take a booster seat for an almost 3-yr old. Are their laws less strict than in the UK?
Thanks for that link LIZS. We're going to hire the carseat along with the car definitely. By the way that new law mentioned in the link about having to have a reflective jacket, anyone know if that would be provided with the car?