Bikers protest in 34 French cities

Thousands campaign against plans to ban older bikes from city centres

Thousands campaign against plans to ban older bikes from city centres

MOTORCYCLISTS halted traffic in 34 French towns and cities on Saturday afternoon in a protest against plans to ban older bikes from city centres.

In Paris, several thousand bikes blocked the périphérique ring road. Other major demonstrations brought traffic to a standstill in Lille, Bayonne, Limoges, Grenoble, Lyon and Bordeaux.

A new energy transition law in France allows big cities to ban motorbikes from before the year 2000.

The French Federation of Angry Bikers, FFMC, says such a measure would be "a European exception". Protesters displayed signs in their windshield with the message: "Motorbikes are a solution, not a pollution."

En ce moment sur le periph' #ffmc #Paris #manifmotard pic.twitter.com/too8shXamH— Josse (@asdillrow) October 10, 2015
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