top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Hollande’s number plate is copied

Journalists say that three-quarters of internet manufacturers do not ask for registration documents before making plates

DRIVERS who have had their number plate illegally cloned should get some sympathy from President Hollande – because journalists from car magazine Auto Plus have managed to make a copy of the plate for his own Citroën DS5.

Although car dealers are required to ask for the carte grise registration document before making a new number plate, Auto Plus discovered that three-quarters of internet sites failed to do so – as did half of plate-making shops.

Drivers who have had their number plate cloned face being fined for offences they did not commit – and have enormous difficulty proving their vehicle was not involved. That could now also happen to President Hollande as the magazine managed “without difficulty” to get a copy of his number plate and stick it on an identical car.

High street garages, auto-centres and key-copying shops all refused to make the plates without the registration document.

Latest figures available date from 2011 show that 20,296 fines were imposed for theft or use of false plates, 50% up on the 13,574 registered in 2010.

• Last week the mayor of the Vosges village of Saint-Jean d'Ormont in Lorraine revealed he had received a penalty notice for a parking offence for his tractor - in Montpellier several hundred kilometres away. Similarly, a farmer in La Murette, Isère, has received a parking fine for leaving his tractor in a street in the 18th arrondissement in Paris.
Screengrab YouTube CitroenColefabian

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Visa and residency cards for France*
Featured Help Guide
- Visas and residency cards (cartes de séjour) for France help guide - Understand when visas and residency cards are required to move to France or come for an extended stay - Applies to Britons (post-Brexit) and to all other non-EU/non-EEA/Swiss nationalities - Useful to anyone considering a move to France, whether for work or otherwise, or wanting to spend more than three months at their French second home
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now