Around the big cities in France, last weekend there were several protest outings. Organized logistically by the French Association of Angry Bikers (FFMC ), motorcycles and cars went on a "slow" ride through the big cities, blocking traffic and making a "nuisance" of themselves. But the nuisance was positive, since they were protesting the proposed lowering of the speed limit on the secondary road network, from 90 kph to 80 kph. Almost everyone supported and applauded the protests, even the police.
Officially the French government is saying it's to reduce the number of road fatalities, but in reality it's to increase the cash income for the almost bankrupt country's coffers. By lowering the speed limit, more motorcyclists and cars will be caught speeding, and therefore bringing in more money.
© Laurent Villette
The photo above is from the Upper Normandy area, where bikers supported by cars went on a slow drive from Le Havre to Rouen to the local government's house.
Of course Paris saw the biggest protest, just look at the photo above. Tens of thousands of motorcycles, and often accompanied by cars, went to the streets, paralyzing traffic. And often it was not just the planned speed limit reduction, but also the constant repression. You can see many more photos by clicking here .
More such actions are planned.