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Fancy joining 100,000+ French angry bikers from the UK? Here is how and when…

August 27, 2011

On 10th and 11th September 2011, a series of protests will hit France nationwide with 100,000+ angry bikers expected to bring the whole country to a complete standstill. On 18 June 2011, the French government had a feel for what the bikers were capable of and the same bikers will repeat their actions on 10th and 11th September, in response to a government that continues to adopt a “can’t see you, can’t hear you” attitude. Click here for more details on the demonstrations that took place all over France on 18 June 2011.

The angry bikers, called to protest by the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers), continue to oppose the compulsory wear of a high visibility fluorescent vest as a measure imposed by the French government to reduce the number of accidents involving motorcyclists. The bikers argue that the measure is a complete non-sense as accidents are largely caused by car drivers not watching out for motorcyclists on the roads and not being adequately trained to share the roads with them. The bikers also argue that the measure is proposed to enable the government to cash in thousands of euros a day from bikers who choose not to wear a high visibility jacket. The French government is accused of not being concerned about what bikers may wear underneath that high visibility vest for their own safety in case they fall off their bike. As long as they wear the fluorescent vest, that’s all what counts.

Fancy joining the fun from the United Kingdom?

For UK bikers who would like to have a feel for how their French cousins stand up against their government, there will be numerous meeting points all over France on the day. Simply turn up at one of those meeting points and follow the crowd! We believe it may be easier for bikers coming from the UK to join a group in the north of France. Below are some of the main meeting points, which are subject to change so we would advise you to keep checking this site before making any travel arrangements:-

10th September meeting points in north of France

Caen – Michel d’Ornano stadium at 2pm

Brittany – Kerampuille park in Cahaix at 11am (you are strongly advised to bring a picnic)

11th September meeting points in north of France

Calais – 9.30am outside the Calypso MC AMMC sports and leisure centre

Dunkerque – 11.30am at Place Jean Bart

Douai – outside the “start and go” at 12.30pm

Bouchain – Grand Place at 12.30pm

Saint-Omer – 10am at 23 rue du Lycee, outside “The Feeling”

Lille – 2.30pm at CRT Lesquin

And for those who don’t mind riding down to Paris, the meeting point is at 2pm outside Chateau de Vincennes.

Bikers are required to organise their own travel arrangements to France and must bring with them a valid passport, motorcycle licence and insurance certificate that covers them outside of the UK. Also, we would advise all UK bikers to keep an eye on their speed, especially on motorways and main roads, as we expect very high police presence on the roads on 10th and 11th September. Click here for further details on speed limits in France and the consequences you may face if you exceed those limits.

You may want to cross the English Channel by ferry or tunnel. Here are some useful links which may help you plan your trip:-

Sea France

P&O Ferries

Brittany Ferries

Eurotunnel

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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).

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