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France: Hmmm... Nothing Left To Protest

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Protests
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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You can clearly see that the end of the world is closing in on us rapidly. This time last year, the French motorcycle riders and their associations had a laundry list with grievances the length of the Eiffel Tower. Now, one year later, there's nothing left. What a difference one year makes..

In one year, hot protest items like mandatory high-visibility armbands for all bikers, mandatory annual technical inspections for motorcycles, mandatory alcohol breathalyzers and 100 HP power limit for motorcycles are all binned or suspended.

Two other hot subjects are about to be granted, lane splitting (filtering) and using the bus lanes, although it looks like both will have a bunch of conditions attached to them.

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What does this mean? Simple... no more French Angry Biker Association (FFMC Open link in a new window) protest rides. Yes, there are always a few points that could be better, like lowering the tax rates on motorcycle safety gear, more motorcycle friendly crash barriers or making motorways free for motorcycles, but these are now minor points compared to the giants that had to be slain.

Kudos to the FFMC and the Federation of European Motorcycle Associations (FEMA Open link in a new window).

Now, have we really got one week left to enjoy these brownie points won?

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