We would like to invite you to France for a bargain break day trip with a car plus up to five passengers for just pounds 10.

We have teamed up with P&O European Ferries to offer readers of The Independent a range of sailings departing from either Dover or Portsmouth which may be taken until April 2, 1996.

The Dover destination is Calais and the Portsmouth sailings will arrive at Cherbourg and Le Havre. Both towns are ideal for shopping, sight-seeing and gourmet eating and would make excellent bases for a short stay.

Day trip departures from Sunday to Fridays, until 15 February, 1996, cost pounds 10 for a car and up to five passengers. Each extra passenger costs pounds 1 and foot passengers also pay just pounds 1.

Day trip departures from Portsmouth on Friday nights and Dover on Saturdays cost pounds 20 for a car and up to five passengers. The cost of extra passengers and foot passengers remains unchanged.

Sailings from 16 February until 2nd April, 1996, are pounds 10 per car and pounds 1 per passenger or pounds 20 per car and pounds 1 per passenger for Saturday sailings from Dover or Friday night sailings from Portsmouth.

If you prefer to make an overnight stay in France, the cost of a 60-hour excursion is pounds 39 for a car and up to five passengers. Extra car passengers pay pounds 4 each. Friday night departures from Portsmouth and Saturday departures from Dover are subject to a pounds 10 surcharge. These prices do not include accommodation. No foot passengers can be accommodated. To book your 60- hour excursion, send a sae to the address on the booking form for further details.

To qualify for these bargain prices you must collect four differently numbered tokens from the six we are publishing this week. Today we are publishing token six plus the booking form.

l Full terms and conditions of this daytrip offer appear on the P&O European ferries Booking Request Form. The offers are subject to availability for tickets within the The Independent's readers allocation. A day return is defined as follows: Dover/Calais route, return departure must be before midnight on the day of departure. From Portsmouth, return departure must be within 24 hours of leaving the UK.