Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin - Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Europe's Plan for Putin - Will Russian Leader Bend After New Sanctions?

Read more

FOCUS

Pakistan's Ahmadis living in fear of extremist attacks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users show solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Gilles Kepel, Islamic and Arab world specialist

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Argentina braced for another debt default

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Too Late for Sanctions? Pressure Mounts on Russia over Ukraine

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'What would you do?'

Read more

  • US and EU slap Russia with fresh sanctions over Ukraine

    Read more

  • Scores killed as Israel ramps up Gaza bombardment

    Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

  • Calls mount to ban France’s ‘violent’ Jewish Defence League

    Read more

  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez’s ‘little bird’ strikes again

    Read more

  • France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs born in French zoo

    Read more

  • France evacuates its nationals from Libya

    Read more

  • US says Russia violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile

    Read more

  • Argentina in last-ditch effort to avert default

    Read more

  • Karzai’s cousin killed in Afghan suicide attack

    Read more

  • Libya oil tanker fire blazes out of control

    Read more

  • In pictures: From Gaza to Mosul, bittersweet end of Ramadan for Muslims

    Read more

  • Moroccan police arrest French al Qaeda recruiter

    Read more

Europe

French traffic chief caught in speeding fine scandal

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-01

Police in France have launched an investigation into reports that the chief of an agency that processes traffic fines used department funds to pay 700 euros for his own fines and abused his position to avoid losing points on his driver’s license.

French police are investigating reports that the head of an agency that processes traffic violations used his department’s budget to pay almost 700 euros ($950) worth of his own fines.

Investigative website Mediapart on Monday claimed Jean-Jacques Debacq, the chief of the ANTAI agency that processes tickets issued by speed cameras, had amassed fines on his Peugeot 508 service vehicle that were paid for by his department between the end of 2010 and summer 2013.

Mediapart said the fines related to about a dozen traffic violations and alleged that Debacq also used his position to avoid losing points on his driver's licence.

The interior ministry said it had launched an investigation but that Debacq was not yet facing disciplinary action.

"The facts reported in the press are serious. We must shed every light on this matter and establish the truth," interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told AFP.

But at ANTAI, there was no pointing fingers. “Several people from the agency drive the vehicle in question,” an unnamed spokesperson told French daily Le Figaro.

Mediapart said more than half of the traffic violations paid for by Debacq's department were for speeding, with the rest related to parking offences.

The majority of infractions were committed in the evening and during the weekend, when Debacq did not have a chauffeur at his disposal and therefore used a company vehicle.

Debacq has been at the head of ANTAI since April 2011.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-10-01

  • FRANCE

    Depardieu fined €4,000 for drink driving

    Read more

COMMENT(S)