For the "yellow vests", the 80 km / h

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Installation of signs to limit the permitted speed to 80 km / h on the RN 2 in Grenade (Haute-Garonne), 28 June 2018.
Installation of signs to limit the permitted speed to 80 km / h on the RN 2 in Grenade (Haute-Garonne), 28 June 2018. PASCAL PAVANI / AFP

Before the increase in the carbon load, there was 80 km / h. in front of "Yellow cardigans", there were cyclists and motorists who were annoyed for six months after the announcement, January 9, 2018, the decline in 1st Speed ​​limit July 2018 on secondary roads without a central separator. From one conflict to another there were the radars, which plundered the demonstrators massively. About 60% of them were destroyed, Christophe Castaner announced on 10 January. As a symbol of revenge.

When Emmanuel Macron has returned to the increase in ecological load, he has not touched 80 km / h. But the president, who has never been an ardent defender, does not hide it: the measure sought by Edouard Philippe to save lives on the roads could also pay the cost of the current crisis.

Tuesday, January 15, in Grand-Bourgtheroulde (Eure), where he launched the big debate, the head of state does not rule out, depending on territories, so the new speed limit "Better accepted" while you are "Effective". And this time he did not call the two years he still felt necessary to make a judgment on TF1 on 12 April 2018 …

concessions

At Matignon, the omission did not go unnoticed. And we understood that Edward Philippe would have to make concessions if the subject was in the big debate. So far, the Prime Minister had always opposed a flexible implementation of 80 km / h, depending on the departments and the nature of the roads … arguing that the measure, to be effective, had to be national. His consequence is now less categorical. "The standard for all roads [pas seulement les secondaires à séparateur central]it is 80 km / h. But there are enough at 70, 90 or 110 ", argues a counselor.

The "yellow vests" could therefore have the skin of 80 km / h. But finally, the mobilization against the fall of speed was a prelude to the protest that was expressed at the roundabouts. She was "A harbinger of the frustration of drivers who spoke more than a few months later. [Elle] served as a test run for the relocation of "yellow cardigans" ", writing, in a note for the Jean Jaurès Foundation, published on November 28, 2018, the sounder (Ifop) Jérôme Fourquet and the geographer Sylvain Manternach.