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Speeding ticket in France, need help understanding ticket

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Hello! Thanks for reading my post, I really need help and don't know where else to go for help.

I am from the United States. My friend and I rented a car in while I was visiting her in France this past summer and unbeknownst to us, we got a speeding ticket. The ticket was sent to the address on my driver's license, my parent's address, which I do not primarily reside at anymore. My parents misplaced the ticket, then found it, and they just gave it to me recently.

I do not understand French very well. I've done what I can with the website provided ( and I was able to figure out that I unfortunately missed the period of time to pay the fine (91 days) and now it seems I will have to wait for an additional notice. I don't think my parents have gotten it yet but I'm afraid it'll be lost again.

My questions are:
1. Is there any way I can pay this sooner rather than later? If so, where do I go/who do I contact about this? 2. When it is time for me to pay, can I pay it in increments instead of all at once?
3. Is there any way I can explain what happened with the notice getting lost and see if the additional fines will be waived? (Fine for paying late)
4. I believe my friend was actually the one driving at the time because I didn't really speed when I drove, but she always speeds. Based on the speed that the ticket was for it seems to be her. Is there any way to tell what time of day the contravention was committed?
5. Will this impact my US driver's licence? If so, how do I find out?

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