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French motorists angry over new laws

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Motorcyclists and car drivers in France staged a series of protests on Saturday against new road safety measures which they say are criminal and unfair.

The new rules toughen sanctions for excessive speed and drink driving but critics say they are more about raising funds than saving lives.

“They give us new laws only so that they can get more money off us by constantly catching us. People speak about road safety when in fact it’s repression.”

“People will lose their licence. Then they’ll be outside the law which is the opposite of road safety.”

The demonstrations have the backing of motoring organisations including the National Union of Automobile Clubs which claims to represent up to 40 million motorists.

The protesters are calling on the government to change its priorities towards improving road infrastructure, what they call prevention rather than punishment. They are particularly angry about the increased use of speed cameras.