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Bike ban in French cities?

Worrying legislation from France's Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

France's Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has proposed a ban on older bikes and cars in eight French cities from 2012 onwards according to French newspaper le Parisien.

When we say “older” we're not talking about smoky old strokers but any bike made before 1 July 2004, which would actually account for a large proportion of the entire motorcycle population. Cars get off a bit lighter, with anything made since 1997 still given the OK.

The cities involved in the scheme, a pilot project which is intended to go on for three years, are; Paris, Lyon, Nice, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Saint Denis and Aix-en-Provence.

Of course there's no guarantee her crusade will be a success – the scheme could yet be called off – but if it goes ahead it sets a scary precedent for other European cities.

If your French is any good, you can read the original story here.

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