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Nutty French drivers

By Tim King   August 2003

Almost every hour of every day someone in France sets off on a car journey never to return. Every day another 377 people finish their journey in hospital, many having to live with the knowledge that they have killed someone-often someone they love.

The French attitude towards driving is based on a belief in libert?which translates here as “me first.” Pr?ntion Routi?e, a charity, and the French government are trying to change the national indifference to others: this year’s road safety campaign shows a man in yellow carrying traffic cones. The text reads: “This man is working for your safety.…

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