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France: 2 Government Ministers Have Motorcycles - That’s It

16
April
2013
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Celebrities
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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France is going through some strange voyeurism show lately, and it has nothing to do with s.e.x. After the latest tax evasion scandal, though this time it was one of the finance ministers responsible for stopping tax evaders, the current socialist government is caught like a deer in the headlights of your motorcycle; scared silly and doing things you'd expect better from a 5 year old.

To fight the illusion that politicians are not corrupt, the President of France has told all his ministers to publish on Monday what their current financial status are, including real estate, bank accounts and vehicles (link Open link link in a new window). It's not going to solve any perception problems, since a corrupt and tax evading politician will just not declare the off shore accounts, the same way they don't declare them in their tax forms. So a stupid and wasted political action.

But 1 interesting thing did come out of it. Now you can see who actually has a motorcycle. And there are 1 and 1/2 ministers who actually have a motorcycle:

Stephane Le Foll
Stephane Le Foll is the Minister of Agriculture, and according to his public declaration (link) he has a BMW F650GS dating back to 2001.

Although he has put the value of the bike down to €300, which is about 10 time lower than the book price, it will not make much difference in the end. But if he did that for his motorcycle, wouldn't you expect he did that for the rest?

Click here to see what Le Foll's financial status is Open Click here to see what Le Foll's financial status is link in a new window (PDF document).

Najat Vallaud Belkacem
The second person is Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the spokesperson for the government and Minister of Female Rights. This is were the 1/2 comes in, since she has declared as only vehicle a 50 cc Piaggio scooter bought in 2008, which she bought second hand.

Click here to see what Najat's financial status is Open Click here to see what Najat's financial status is link in a new window (PDF document).

So there you go, 1 1/2 PTWPowered Two Wheel - motorcyles, scooters, mopeds riding government ministers. Not much, no wonder the government is attacking the motorcycle world so much, there's no one to defend us.





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