France is a big country and it has parts of the Alps within its territory, so you have quite different winter conditions based on where you live, work or drive normally. If you live in the northern part, the Alps or other wintery areas or the south the tyre options can be very different. It can be from having dedicated winter tyres or then the option of all-weather tyres or then managing with summer tyres all year round.
The tyre option is important to make sure that you an enjoy problem free and safe driving. If you live in an area with proper winter, then you will be best off with a dedicated winter tyre, where you mount them before the winter weather arrives and then change to summer tyres as soon as the winter weather ends. This will give you the best performance and safety when it comes to grip and winter driving properties. You can choose between studded or non-studded tyres, where the studded will have better grip on icy surfaces. It can be the difference of getting up a steep icy hill versus not.
If you live in an area where you only have occasional winter weather but you want to make sure that you are safe when driving in winter conditions, a winter approved all-weather tyre is probably the best option for you. These can be used for all year round driving or then just as winter tyres and then you can change to summer tyres when the summer arrives. This will give you optimal performance during the summer and still provide you with sufficient protection during the winter if the snow would show up. This might be an option if you have a high performance car, where you don’t want to limit any performance during the summer, while you still want to be able to drive it all year round and you can accept not the optimal performance during the winter.
In Provence and other similar areas where it rarely snows, you are probably better off with just keeping the summer tyres on your car and if it does snow, then just refrain from using the car. If you absolutely need the car, then use all-weather tyres all year round.