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Motorbikes and scooters put on fire in central Paris

October 20, 2012

Since May 2012, the French capital has been the scene of motorbikes and scooters being put on fire for a reason that is still unknown. About 100 riders so far have turned up at their usual parking spot in the morning on their way to work to find ashes replacing their machines.

Although the reason for the on-going fires remains unknown at the time of writing, the local authorities seem to believe that it is highly likely to be criminal in nature. Would it be because of the high number of motorised two wheelers in circulation in Paris that a group of other road users would have decided to take criminal action against the bikers in an attempt to reduce the number of bikes in the French capital? It is true that in Paris, the number of motorbikes and scooters is probably more than three times higher than in the British capital that is only located 300 kilometers (188 miles) further north, and where we have yet to see such activities taking place.

Whilst the local police is making every effort to try and find the exact cause of the fires and the individuals responsible for them, around hundred riders now have to rely on the Parisian public transport to get to and back from work until claims have been processed by their insurance and financial compensation has been granted.

The fires have given rise to a lot of concern and anxiety among the motorcycling community in Paris with riders getting up in the middle of the night to check that their machines are still in one piece. Bikers who are lucky enough to benefit from an indoors parking spot are willing to share it with other riders living in the same area. Solidarity between bikers in such circumstances is always very well appreciated.

We now leave you with a short video of the on-going tragic events.


If you’re based in France and want to take part in 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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Si vous avez une experience a partager et que vous souhaiteriez voir publiee sur UK France, n’hesitez pas a nous contacter en cliquant ici.

One Comment
  1. That’s horrible; hopefully the police will find whoever’s responsible soon.

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