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France: Ruling Political Party Chairman Caught Speeding, Blames Everyone Else

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  France Opinion
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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France has been invaded, again. But this time it's from the inside, and it comes in the shape of an electronic box. These boxes, also known as speed radars, have been making the lives of the French a living hell, but also a lot safer.

The only problem is that the government (the UMP party) wants to increase the repression in name of safety & ecology (but in reality it's for money). Stricter speed limits, more cameras, less margin of error, etc. Everyone has to reduce speed..... everyone.............????

Not the President, the ministers, the senators, or any other senior "public servant". They all get to race around France legally at irresponsible speeds. But now it seems that it's not only public servants that are allowed to speed....

Xavier Bertrand UMP
Xavier Bertrand Open link in a new window, the chairman of the ruling party got caught speeding last week. His car was doing 140 kph in a 90 kph zone. Fast enough to get his license suspended and car impounded. He was caught by a Gendarme patrol, stopped and then when they saw who was in the car (as passenger), they backed down. But not before journalists caught on.

Now, the former minister, and head of the political party stated that a) it was an error by the radar, b) it was the young driver's fault since he was not in a hurry and c) it was the Gendarme's fault for stopping him and letting him go since it was their decision.

Give me a break! He was in the car, and "if" he did not order the driver to speed in order to catch the train, then he could have told him to slow down. After all, he is the boss...

Personally, I think that speed checks are fine, and they do save a lot of lives, but the people who put in place a policy of repression, should be the ones who observe it the most (currently it's "Do as I say, not as I do"). I do not think, that ANYONE under ANY circumstances, anyone apart from emergency vehicles (police, fire and medical), should be allowed to speed. That includes anyone starting from the President of the country (why would he be more important than the presidents of the larger corporations, who employ 100's of thousands of people, and are probably more in a hurry to get to the next deal or save their company). No speeding for any politicians!

Maybe we should start a campaign, or maybe even a political party... NO SPEEDING FOR ANY POLITICIANS!...

..that way I'll be allowed to speed... Chopper Smiley

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