It is becoming increasing more and more like a dictatorship over here. I can understand it from the far right, or the far left, but from a Socialist political party, this amounts to a complete and utter contempt for the tax paying public.
The current Socialist government slipped in a change in the law during the summer vacation. The new law will make it impossible to appeal a ticket/judgement. If a judge removes points of your license, and you are in disagreement, tough.
Today there is a simple administrative way of appealing a judgement, and it did not involve having to hire lawyers. Next year, 1st of January 2014, you will need to hire expensive lawyers to fight it in the higher courts. So a simple ticket, or even having your driving license unfairly removed will now cost you years and thousands of Euros in legal cost.
(the image was used for Germany, but with a minor modification, it apples to France)
According to the government, this is done to make the courts more flowing, taking less time for "trivial" claims. It just shows that the current politicians, none of them having ever had a real job outside their politician job, just do not understand "the people". The ministers, all of them went to "elite French schools" and from there straight into politics. The "elite" schools teach them that they are superior and know better.
When the crowds storm their palaces and start beheading the politicians, then they will really know if they knew better.