In Toulouse, a procession made up of 900 vehicles, according to figures from the Haute-Garonne prefecture, gathered at the call of several federations of bikers in the region, before taking the A64, called the “Pyrénéenne “, to then head towards the ring road at low speed, revving their engines.
In the Ville Rose, the mobilization also concerned the establishment of a ZFE, which will lead to the banning of cars and two-wheelers certified Crit’air 4, 5 and unclassified (the oldest vehicles) from the 1st January 2023.
In Bordeaux, 850 motorcycles paraded through the city according to the prefecture, some displaying a poster “No to technical control” and “I control, you control, they get rich”, while in Lille, they were 650, according to a source police, to have gathered around 3:00 p.m. Place de la République, near the prefecture.
With AFP, Philippe Maussion, coordinator of the French Federation of Angry Bikers (FFMC) 59, called on the State not to “give in to Parisian pseudo-ecologist associations whose sole purpose is to drive out everything that is motorized from Paris”.
In Rennes, 350 to 400 bikers gathered in front of the Ille-et-Vilaine prefecture at the start of the afternoon, also from the neighboring departments of Morbihan and Côtes d’Armor.
“We are here to encourage the government to continue its efforts on alternative solutions to the compulsory technical control for two wheels,” Philippe Jéhanno, event coordinator for the FFMC 35, told AFP.
“Technical control will be ineffective in terms of safety. In ten years, the number of two-wheelers has increased by 30% while mortality has dropped by 19%. We are the good students of road safety”, he says. .
The FFMC of Ille-et-Vilaine must be received Thursday at the prefecture to address issues specific to the department, in particular related to security, he specified.
Mobilizations also took place in Reims and Strasbourg where 250 motorcycles paraded.
In a judgment of October 31, the Council of State reinstated the technical control for two-wheelers, a European obligation whose application was planned for the beginning of 2023 before its cancellation by the government.
A week earlier, more than 1,500 bikers from several departments in the south of France marched in Montpellier to protest against this measure.
Other demonstrations have been planned for this weekend, including one in Paris on Sunday.