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Yellow vests wreck two in three French speed cameras

Yellow vests wreck two in three French speed cameras

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Up to 65 per cent of roadside speed cameras in France have been vandalised in a revolt against speed limits that is closely tied to the yellow vest protest movement. Attacks began on the 2,600 ground-based cameras when President Macron’s government reduced the speed limit on country roads to 80 km/h from 90 km/h last July, but intensified in November with the start of the rural revolt named after the “gilets jaunes”, the high-visibility vests that drivers carry. For car-dependent country-dwellers, the 80 km/hour limit symbolises the “arrogance” of a Parisian president who is indifferent to their plight. The roadside boxes have been burnt, painted over, blown up, smashed or simply covered with the jackets. The state has refused to give figures but officials have privately confirmed estimates from motoring organisations that 65 per cent of them were out of action, with about 300 destroyed. In the western Vendée department, 90 per cent have been sabotaged.
Source: Yellow vests wreck two in three French speed cameras