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14 January 2019

Speed cameras targeted by French ‘yellow vest’ protesters

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Protesters in France have put more than half of the country’s speed cameras out of action, according to the country’s authorities.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner said that almost 60% of France’s 3,200 cameras have been affected, the BBC reports.

Castaner said that the cameras had been “neutralised, attacked, or destroyed” by ‘yellow vest’ protesters in a move which threatened road safety.

Motorists are required by law to keep high-visibility vests, or ‘gilets jaunes’ in their cars. These yellow vests have become the symbol of the sometimes violent protests – which began as a reaction to fuel tax increases – which have gripped France over the last few weeks.

Toll roads have also been targets of protesters’ anger as the ‘gilet jaunes’ express dissatisfaction with the rising cost of road travel.

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