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N/A | National Even France's politicians don't believe their anti speeding propaganda... and they're losing their l

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by robsalvv, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/french-politicians-getting-caught-speeding.htm


    French Politicians Getting Caught Speeding

    "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

    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 [​IMG], 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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  2. Don't they have kittens in France? Or do they just have brains that doing 150+ on a perfectly straight freeway isn't going to end the world and is in fact quite normal..
     
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  3. kitten.


    Now thats leaders setting an example :-s
     
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  4. No, because they are chauffeur-driven members of the French government :)

    Link: Caught out, France's roadhog ministers.



    Justus.
     
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  5. [Chortle.] There was an item a couple of years ago about the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, who asked her police chauffeur and escort to get her to the airport on time, which they quite happily agreed to do. All 3 cars through a speed camera at about 155 / 100. Made headlines.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser was a lover of fine Italian cars, and had several Lancias. I don't know that he ever got sprung, but you'd think he took them out for a strop every now and then. There were rumours that the road north out of Canberra used to be shut for an hour some Sunday mornings. Almost Prime Minister Dr John Hewson was a Ferrari owner. I don't remember him ever getting busted either, but you can't own a Ferrari and not play with it.
     
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