French motorist mistook Denmark for Riviera

9th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

COPENHAGEN, June 9 (AFP) - He should have known better from the different climate alone, but a confused 78-year-old French motorist stopped in Denmark on Thursday insisted that he was actually in southern France, police said.

COPENHAGEN, June 9 (AFP) - He should have known better from the different climate alone, but a confused 78-year-old French motorist stopped in Denmark on Thursday insisted that he was actually in southern France, police said.  

The man, who went missing on Tuesday, was stopped when driving erratically in western Denmark.  

"He believed that he had just eaten dinner with his wife in Corsica and that he had taken the ferry over to southern France," local Esbjerg police officer Carsten Jensen told AFP.  

The man, who shares his time between the Mediterranean island and the northern German city of Hamburg, had in fact taken the ferry over to Denmark from Hamburg.  

"We pulled him over after a number of drivers called in to say they thought he was drunk because he was driving erratically," Jensen said, adding that the man had not been drinking.  

"He had absolutely no idea he was in Denmark. He thought he was talking to the French gendarmes," Jensen said.  

The family was on its way from Hamburg to pick him up, he said.

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