Today, the French government is expected to announce yet another measure to generate additional revenues from drivers. This administration is setting itself up for a violet backlash, as a large majority of the populace opposes, as do many legislators and citizen groups, and they’re organizing. If The speed limit is dropped from 90 km an hour to 80 km an hour on the départemental (meaning, the greatest network of roads in the country) it will be seen purely as another way to draw more tax money from the populace without doing anything to improve our security.
As exposed in chapter 15 of French License, the revenues from repression have increased exponentially since the introduction of the radar cameras while the mortality on the roads have barely budged and even increased the last four years.
The automobile is already the #1 revenue generator for the French government. More than income taxes, and way more than corporate taxes, which are even lower following the €10B shortfall in December from the corporate dividend tax fiasco that happened on Macron’s watch as finance minister.
This may be the last straw. I’ve never heard people so fed up. If this government persists in its course, this could be the start of the wave of public opinion against Macron’s administration. He cannot afford to take that chance, with a dozen major reforms scheduled for this year.
Watch this space for developments.