Tuesday, December 28, 2010

La terreur: SUVs and old diesels to the guillotine!

La protection sociale n'est due qu'aux citoyens paisibles.

"Society's protection is owed only to peaceable citizens."
- Maximilien Robespierre
Rapport sur les principes de morale politique qui doivent guide la Convention, 18 pluviôse an II — 5 février 1794, in Charles Vellay, ed., Discours et rapports de Robespierre (Paris: Librairie Charpentier et Fasquelle, 1908) 333.
If you are a Parisian citizen who owns an SUV or older diesel-powered car, you may not be peaceable in the eyes of the new Robespierres in the Hôtel de Ville, according to the Associated Press:

Paris is planning to test restrictions on gas-guzzling vehicles, likely including sport utility vehicles, as part of attempts to curb pollution.
Denis Baupin, an environmental official in the mayor's office, said Wednesday that sport utility vehicles and old diesel cars are likely to be targeted in upcoming test restrictions.
To any Parisian who drives an SUV, Baupin's advice is: "Sell it and buy a vehicle that's compatible with city life.
"I'm sorry, but having a sport utility vehicle in a city makes no sense," Baupin told RTL radio.

The French State violating your property rights in the city, you say?  C'est la vie.  Or is it, C'est la guerre?

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