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Pick up car at Charles de Gaulle or Rouen?

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We plan to leave Paris on a Friday morning (probably crazy, I know) and need to pick up a rental car for the rest of our journey through France. Our hotel in Paris is in the Latin Quarter. I have done some research but would benefit from input by always helpful Fodorites.

It appears that we could take the RER from Place St Michel or Cluny La Sorbonne to Charles de Gaulle and pick up our car there, then drive to Rouen and on to Honfleur. How difficult will it be to get out of the CDG car rental lot and on to our journey? Google maps shows the fastest route heading back into the road that goes around Paris but an alternate route that heads north and avoids Paris.

The alternative would be to take the Metro to Gare du Nord, take a train to Rouen, and pick up a car there, though the availablity of cars there is less.

Or there other places on the outskirts of Paris or outside of Paris that would be relatively easy to get to to pick up a car and drive to Rouen?

We would like to make a quick getaway from Paris (8 or 9 am latest). What will it be like taking the Metro to Gare du Nord or RER to CDG while people are heading to work? If we could book an extra day in Paris and leave on Saturday, would that be significantly easier? Or should we splurge on a shuttle bus or taxi if we leave on Friday?

We have found an automatic at CDG - a Peugeot 2008 crossover. I assume it does not have a trunk but will there be some sort of covering over
our luggage?

Thanks again for your guidance!

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