France has the world’s highest rate of infant death by drowning in swimming pools.
  All swimming pools  have to comply to the following:
  • Enclosed by a solid fence that is a minimum of 1m20 high; it must not be possible to climb over or under this fence.It must have a childproof lockable self-closing gate.
  • Life rings must be easily accessible and visible.
  • The pool must be alarmed.
  • Life resuscitation (mouth to mouth) first aid instructions must be clearly visible.
  • Telephone numbers of the emergency services must be provided.
  • A safety cover must be provided.
  • All swimming pools will have to have the swimming area lit by .
  • New swimming pools have to comply by these regulations now.
  • It is also recommended that pools have one depth so that non swimmers can jump in and rescue a child in trouble.
  • Should a child drown in a pool that does not meet the above regulations owners could face criminal charges of death by negligence plus a 45,000€ fine.
Despite these safety measures, children still drown, so it is important that the dangers of parents turning their backs for even a minute are emphasised to the parents in the strongest possible terms. The best form of security is that at least one adult be responsible at all times for the swimming pool area and or know where all the children are at all times. Should a child drown in a pool whilst the parent(s)/guardian(s) are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, criminal charges are likely to be brought by the French courts.
Make sure that you follow these guidelines to ensure that you are not touched by this kind of tragedy:
You can print the notice below (click here) or order plastic encapsulated versions to put up around your pool and in your property.
POOL AREA SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
* All children must be accompanied by an adult who can swim at all times.* Never leave the pool area unattended whilst children are in the pool area.

* The gate must be locked at all times.

* The responsible adult must be sober.

* Absolutely no diving.

* No glasses or bottles in the pool area

* The pool safety cover must be replaced immediately when the pool is not in use.

* The pool alarm should be activated before leaving the pool area.

* Know where your children are at all times.

* Read the life saving instructions provided now. Do not wait until an accident occurs.

* Samu – Ambulance Telephone 15

* Police – Telephone 17

* Pompiers – Fire Brigade (Para-Medics) Telephone 18

It takes less than 2 minutes for a child to drown.
You only need to turn your back for a minute for a tragedy to occur.
Information complied and supplied by WorldOneCall. All information correct as of August 2003. E&OE.
SWIMMING POOL SECURITY
On 19 December 2002, the French parliament passed the “Raffarin Law” regarding the usage of security systems around swimming pools.
Swimming pools are intended to provide many hours of enjoyment and relaxation. Unfortunately a swimming pool can also be the cause of a tragedy if basic safety rules are not applied. In France, the Raffarin Law has been passed in order to help prevent these sorts of accidents from happening in private outdoor pools. This has major implications for anyone owning a holiday home with a Pool.
The law and its consequences
The “Raffarin law” passed on 19 December 2002 consists in obliging pool owners to install a standardised security system (“dispositif de sécurité normalisé”) for their swimming pool.
This law applies to all in-ground outdoor pools (for public or private use), but it does not apply to indoor pools and above-ground pools.
Pools built in 2003 and all pools used for property rentals, a standardised security system must be installed before January 1st 2004For pools that are for private use, a standardised security system must be installed .

* The penalty for breaking this law is a € 45,000 fine.

What we do know now and what is clear is that Pool Fencing is law  to be in place for rented homes with pools in FranceAlarms and pool covers are additional security products – but you must have a pool fence even if you have an alarm or a cover.
The regulations to support the law have NOT yet been published. Thus there are no official details about what construes as protection. The fence height above the ground, about space under the fence, about distance from the pool, fencing materials, etc. etc. are NOT yet official.There are all sorts of rumours about the details and thus all is largely supposition up to now. Further, there does not seem yet to be any form of grandparent clause which would allow existing fencing (or other means of protection from drowning) to remain in place for a short or long time.

Fencing material companies are holding back production until it is clear what they will be allowed to sell under the new regulations. To buy beforehand does involve the risk of having to “adapt” or “replace” at your own expense.

There is a probability that the regulations may be published in October, but then the date has been slipping for over a year. Whenever these are published you can be sure that there will be a mad rush to meet them, there will be a sudden appearance of “experts” to help you, and prices will be set to ensure profit. As with swimming pool construction companies, after-sales service will vary widely from non-existent to fully satisfactory.
Choose carefully and don’t be rushed by special deals unless you have very real confidence in your supplier. Lastly, do remember that whatever form of pool protection you install, do consider aesthetics in the materials used and where you put the fencing. Also, ensure that you leave yourself space for servicing and that you can move the winter protection cover onto and off the pool.
France has the world’s highest rate of infant death by drowning in swimming pools.
By  all in ground swimming pools have to comply to the following:
Enclosed by a solid fence that complies with approved standard XP P90-306 that is a minimum of 1m20, it must not be possible to climb over or under this fence.It must have a childproof lockable self-closing gate.

Life rings must be easily accessible and visible.

Life resuscitation (mouth to mouth) first aid instructions must be clearly visible.

Telephone numbers of the emergency services must be provided.

All swimming pools will have to have the swimming area lit.

New swimming pools have to comply by these regulations now.

It is also recommended that:

Pools have one depth so that non swimmers can jump in and rescue a child in trouble.

The pool be alarmed.

A safety cover be provided.

Should a child drown in a pool that does not meet the above regulations owners could face criminal charges of death by negligence plus a 45,000€ fine.

Despite these safety measures, children still drown, so it is important that the dangers of parents turning their backs for even a minute are emphasised to the parents in the strongest possible terms. The best form of security is that at least one adult be responsible at all times for the swimming pool area and or know where all the children are at all times. Should a child drown in a pool whilst the parent(s)/guardian(s) are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, criminal charges are likely to be brought by the French courts.
Make sure that you follow these guidelines to ensure that you are not touched by this kind of tragedy:
You can print the following notice to put up around your pool and in your property.
POOL AREA SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS :
  1. All children must be accompanied by an adult who can swim at all times.
  2. Never leave the pool area unattended whilst children are in the pool area.
  3. The gate must be locked at all times.
  4. The responsible adult must be sober.
  5. Absolutely no diving.
  6. No glasses or bottles in the pool area.
  7. The pool safety cover must be replaced immediately when the pool is not in use.
  8. The pool alarm should be activated before leaving the pool area.
  9. Know where your children are at all times.
  10. Read the life saving instructions provided now. Do not wait until an accident occurs.
  11. Samu – Ambulance Telephone 15
  12. Police – Telephone 17
  13. Pompiers – Fire Brigade (Para-Medics) Telephone 18
It takes less than 2 minutes for a child to drown.

You only need to turn your back for a minute for a tragedy to occur.