Speeding on the campaign trail

4th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

An investigation carried out by Auto Hebdo, a French motor-sport weekly, reveals that the presidential candidates tend to forget about the very laws they promote.

An investigation carried out by Auto Hebdo, a French motor-sport weekly, reveals that the presidential candidates tend to forget about the very laws they promote.

During the campaigns for presidential elections, respecting the law and the republic are popular notions in the speeches of the candidates.

But no one is perfect and candidates, too, break traffic regulations.

Auto Hebdo followed six presidential candidates over a period of one month to establish which candidate takes the speeding record home.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the right-wing candidate of the majority party (UMP), ended in first position driving 60 kilometres per hour over the speed limit on a 70 kilometres pre hour road. Coming from the man who took pride in installing hundreds of speed cameras throughout France, the irony is obvious.

The far-right candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen, finished in second position, driving 185 kilometres per hour on the motorway, or 55 kilometres per hour over the speed limit.

Centrist Francois Bayrou, third in the polls and third on the finish line, was caught driving 120 kilometres per hour in a 70km per hour zone.

Followed by Segolene Royal in her Renault Laguna who was caught driving 158 kilometres per hour on a road with a limit of 110.

Arlette Laguiller from the far left party, Lutte Ouvriere, was seen in her Volkswagen Polo driving 40 kilometres per hour over the speed limit, while Besancenot, the candidate for the communist league and also a postman, was seen driving 25 kilometres over the speed limit.

It's important to be precise that Auto Hebdo only followed the candidates when they were driven by a chauffeurs.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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