No. There are many Tour Operators running cycling tours, but you can definitely cycle in France totally self guided. Our bike tours in France page lists the benefits of each option in greater detail.
Cycling in France
Answers to your questions about riding a bike in France
In France cars drive on the right hand side of the road.
How fit you need to be to cycle in France depends on the type of terrain you wish to ride. If you are looking to ride up some of the famous Tour de France climbs, you will need a reasonable amount of fitness. If you choose to join a Tour Operator, you will find most …
Yes – our personal experience has shown it to be very safe to cycle in France. Check out our guide about riding in France which explores this more. French car drivers are extremely courteous when it comes to people on bikes and are used to sharing the road with them.