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France: Do As I Say, Not As I Do #823743

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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Politicians are great at telling people what to do, and how to do it, but they themselves rarely follow their own laws. Which is not the way it should be, but unfortunately it is, but it is wrong, very wrong.

Francois Hollande Joker Face
Case in point, when the current socialist and very unpopular president Francois Hollande, got elected, he stated that he would be a "normal" president, and that he was not going to get caught in the trappings of a president. He and his cabinet would never speed, never run red lights or stop signs, and would behave like normal citizens. On the day of his inauguration, true, he never went faster than 50 kph in the city, stopped for all the red lights and behaved the way you and me have to behave.

But that was 2 years ago, and I guess since he is the most unpopular president ever elected, he and his cabinet probably decided "what the hell, I might as well make use of my powers and have some fun while it lasts". And that while they are clamping down harder and harder against normal citizens speeding.

The French car magazine, Autoplus Open Autoplus link in a new window, followed several of the ministers and the president for 2 months. They recorded the way the politicians went about to their meetings.

Manuel Valls
The worst offender is the prime minster (and former minister of interior, and therefore responsible for the police), Manuel Valls (who is Spanish but neutralized French). He has been caught doing 97 kph in the 50 kph zone, and 160 kph in a 90 kph zone. Running red lights is normal, and even driving up one-way streets the wrong way does not scare him and his escorts or driving on the emergency lanes of the motorways. All his offenses are punishable by an immediate withdrawal of your driving license for normal citizens.

The president himself has been caught several times, speeding, but they are moderate compared to his prime minister. He'll do 150 kph on the motorway limited to 130 kph. His economic minister and prime peacock, Arnaud Montebourg, loves running red lights. He is very "important" and therefore has no problems running every red light in the city to get to his important meetings on time.

Segolene Royal Electric Car
Segolene Royal and her electric car

According to the French car magazine, the only minister who sticks religiously to the rules of the road is Segolene Royal, who is the minister of ecology and who drives a small electric car. Kudos to her.

Why do government politicians think they are more important than let's say the president of Airbus who employs 100,000's of people. Come to think of it, why is a minister allowed to speed, while the factory worker who made the car will be penalized if he/she speeds, or is held up because the politician came through and all traffic came to a stop.

Politicians should be the first people who show the example on how to behave. They, after all, where elected by the people, and therefore should obey the people, and show the way. According to the law, the only vehicles allowed to speed and run red lights are police, fire and ambulances, and only in case of an emergency. A minister going to lunch is not an emergency. There is no excuse, apart from maybe going to war, that should permit a minister from speeding and not obeying the rules of the road.

Bring back the guillotine. Guillotine Smiley

Via: Autoplus

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