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France: Pre-Presidential Elections Motorcycle Protest

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Protests
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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In about 3 months the French presidential elections are upon us. The French get a chance to elect yet another leader to ruin run the country for 5 years. And as is always the case with French elections, there are more candidates than snails.

But in the end, there are two serious candidates, both belong to the biggest political parties in the country. One, Sarkozy, is the current President and sits on the right of the political spectrum - and is pretty anti-motorcycles. On the other side of the spectrum, a Socialist, is Hollande - a biker himself.

But whoever wins, the motorcycle world will not get any better here in France. So to reenforce the message to all presidential candidates (who knows, maybe the prostitutes party candidate might just win), the French Association of Angry Bikers (FFMC Open link in a new window) is calling for a massive motorcycle protest ride on March 24 and 25th, one month before the elections.

March 24th is for protest rides all over the country, while the 25th is for the Paris one (makes sense, since it means people who live in the country can join in for the Paris one the following day).

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The idea is to paralyze cities, making sure that the resulting traffic jam is heard in the political power corridors. The message is that another roadside safety policy is possible, not just repression.

So if you are planning to visit France on those dates, better think twice, unless you are coming to give support to the French bikers.

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