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A tsunami of angry bikers floaded Paris to say OUI to traffic filtering

March 27, 2011

In response to the latest dirty tricks played by the French Police to catch bikers filtering through traffic (or splitting lanes) and issue them with a 90 euros fine payable on the spot together with 3 points taken off their licence, the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers) called all Paris based motorbike and scooter riders to go down the streets on Saturday 26 March 2011 and express their disgust at their Government’s continued refusal to make traffic filtering legal in France.

A peaceful but strategic protest

Unlike previous demonstrations organised by the FFMC, the aim of this one was not to cause massive delays and complete chaos on the roads but rather gain support from other road users, including car, lorry, bus, coach and taxi drivers. Protestors aimed at making drivers realise that if the authorities continue to ban motorcyclists from riding in between lanes in heavy or slow traffic conditions, not only will they increase congestion as a result of poor road space management but they will also increase pollution in stationary traffic. While being stuck in queues of four wheel vehicles, bikers are directly exposed to harmful emissions which have the effect of damaging their langs and potentially developing respiratory complications in the long run. The angry bikers also demonstrated to their road counterparts that in case of emergency or unexpected brake, there is a high risk of them being squashed in between two cars, which could have disastreous consequences.

Let’s hand out leaflets to all cagers !

After a short briefing at Château de Vincennes in East Paris, protestors were split into groups and given thousands of leaflets to distribute to all car, bus, taxi, lorry and coach drivers all over the ring road (peripherique), which is the Police most favourite site to catch bikers filtering through traffic and issue them with fines and take points off their driving licence. The leaflets were designed to explain to all cagers the dramatic consequences that banning traffic filtering has on all road users, particularly the bikers. The aim of this was to gain as much support as possible from drivers to put pressure on the Government to make traffic filtering legal in France. Each group of bikers was assigned an entry point to the ring road and were distributing the leaflets to all drivers, one by one, as they entered the peripherique.


The bikers stopped each vehicle entering the ring road and explained why traffic filtering for motorcyclists must be made legal


Drivers were given leaflets to explain why traffic filtering must be made legal and what the consequences of not allowing this practice might be for them and the bikers


The bikers took the time to explain to drivers the issues around traffic filtering to gain maximum support


One can only hope that the thousands of angry bikers who participated to the demonstration have successfully educated their fellow road users and the Government, as a result, will see sense and make traffic filtering legal in France. The war between the bikers and the French authorities continues…


If you’re based in France and want to take part of the fight against the Government’s proposed introduction of a compulsory annual environmental and road safety test for motorcycles and their continued policy to ban motorcyclists from filtering through traffic, then contact the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers).

Si vous habitez en France et souhaitez participer aux manifestations contre la proposition du gouvernement d’introduire un controle technique pour les 2 roues motorises ansi que de continuer a empecher la circulation inter files pour les motocyclistes dans les embouteillages, contactez la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC).


Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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