Drop in French road deaths in 2004

10th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 10 (AFP) - The number of people killed on France's roads in 2004 fell nine percent as compared with the previous year to 5,217, meaning more than 500 lives were saved, according to a preliminary toll released Monday.

PARIS, Jan 10 (AFP) - The number of people killed on France's roads in 2004 fell nine percent as compared with the previous year to 5,217, meaning more than 500 lives were saved, according to a preliminary toll released Monday.

The national interministerial panel for road safety announced the figure after Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin had hailed the results in his New Year's greetings to the press.

"Three years ago, our country had 50 percent more deaths on its roads. This result is the fruit of both the understanding of the French people, and the willingness and tenacity" of the center-right government, Raffarin said. In 2003, 5,732 people died on France's roads.

President Jacques Chirac made reducing the stubbornly high death toll - among the worst records in Europe - one of his priorities upon his re-election in 2002.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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