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French Politicians Getting Caught Speeding

  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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"Do as I say, not as I do" seems to be the saying for the French politicians (and I'm quite sure, all around the world). They've been pestering us with severe speed restrictions and repressions, placing radars on every square feet of the French road system, trying to a) slow us down and b) take as much money as they can from us. Riding a motorcycle in France has become an increasingly difficult affair, since the counter starts clicking at 4 kph over the limit.

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But the politicians who make the rules think they don't apply to them. Last Sunday, the president of the Greater Paris area (Ile-deFrance), Jean-Paul Huchon Open link in a new window, got caught speeding, doing 171 kph on a 130 kph motorway. He immediately lost his driving license.

In a statement, Huchon said "The law applies to all citizens. It applies to me. I was not paying attention to the speed I was going at".

But he's not the only one. Xavier Betrand, the Minister of Industry, got caught doing 140 kph on 90 kph limited road. Jose Bove, the "ecologist", all-round thug and former farmer (known for his strong anti-globalization and anti-USA views) got caught doing 135 kph in a 90 kph road.

Even the current President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy,  does it. He got caught doing 190 kph on a 130 kph motorway (how do you write a ticket for your boss?), the former leader of the ultra-right political part, Jean-Marie Le Pen doing 185 kph on a 130 kph road, Francois Bayrou, leader of the center party, caught at 120 kph on a 70 kph stretch and former Presidential candidate Segolene Royal was doing 158 kph on a 110 kph road. The current Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alain Juppe got caught doing 105 kph in  90 zone (which is the least speeding of all politicians - they should give him a medal).

So we can see that even though the politicians make this strict rules, they themselves do not follow them. Apart from Huchon last Sunday (who doesn't really have any power), I don't think any of the above lost their driving license.

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Via: Le Repaire des Motards

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