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French Presidential Elections - Motorcycle Issues

2
April
2007
  Posted at 09:10:45 AM
  File under  France News
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

As reported previously, the FFMC have sent the 2007 French Presidential candidates several questions on their attitude towards motorcycles.

Fair play, most of them responded.

Nicholas Sarkozy
The leading candidate and Minister of Interior & Security, Nicolas Sarkozy, and also the man who has imposed strict speeding regulations in France, was probably the most easy going.

His view is that motorcycles, under certain circumstances, should be able to ride in bus lanes and park their motorcycle on sidewalks.

Even with regards to speeding, he's not that adamant about increasing the number of radars. And that from the man who placed 1,000's of radars, started the points system, but who did manage to cut in half the deadly accidents in France.

Segolene Royale
The main contender, representing the Socialist party, Ségolène Royal, does not oppose stricter speeding regulations, is against motorcycles in the bus lane, against parking on sidewalks, against a drop in taxes on helmets, and even against lane splitting. So the only thing going for her, are her looks....

The number 3 contender, Francois Bayrou, a center party, refused to comment, which is what you can expect from a center party. Neither in, neither out. Most parties on the left (including the communists, ultra-left, etc) did not comment. On the other side of the political spectrum, they did, but not important enough.

One thing Nicholas Sarkozy said makes you think a bit. He's not much in favor of bikers splitting lanes, he would prefer to see that motorcycles get their own lane on motorways, possibly the emergency lane. Interesting..

I guess you'd know who I'd vote for, if I was allowed to vote...





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