France: Private War of Prefect Bruneau

French roads may be nothing to shout about, but they are one of the last preserves of the motorist who likes to drive flat out. For one thing, patrolling gendarmes are few and far between. For another, there are no speed limits out in the countryside; the government feels that such things not only impinge rudely on "respect for the individual" but also disrupt "fluidity" on the highways. As a result, even the British are notoriously fond of bringing their Jaguars over for an occasional romp far and above the 70 m.p.h. they are allowed at home.

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