An Account of the Annual Car-Free Day and Other Jokes of the Month

Did you know that the 22nd of September is celebrated as the Annual Car-Free Day? If you didn’t already know that, then you should know that we’re not kidding about it. In fact, this day was ACTUALLY celebrated in Paris and Brussels this year. A person with a skeptical mind cannot help but think about what exactly such a celebration has to offer. After some deep thinking, one is likely to come up with only one logical conclusion: possibly nothing!

It’s not that the officials at Paris and Brussels were content with the mere celebration of the day in their respective cities; they call forth for ALL the countries in Europe to join them on this bandwagon of fools. What these officials don’t understand is the fact that, unlike them, the officials and administrators are busy running their cities and making the lives of their inhabitants easier. The people of Brussels and Paris would benefit if, instead of declaring a car-free day, the officials did something for their betterment.

If you think about it, the thought of a car-free day in this day and age feels tiresome. These modern times are known for being fast paced. During such times, why would you wish to make a statement by “freeing” your cities of something that represents progress?

Actions like these makes one doubt the aims of the current French government. Is it to take the French citizens forward into the future or back to the stone ages? There is no doubt that their actions appear to be in service of the latter!

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Driving Past the Everyday Scams on the Roads of France

French Police Car

Gone are the days, when driving in France was an enjoyable and trouble free experience. Not only is the French government bent on making life on the roads tougher, for the locals and foreigners alike, owing to the vast number of regulations (read: nuisances) that they are bringing onto the table; but the things are getting topsy-turvy owing to the rising scams on the roads of the various cities of France as well.

Recently, there has been a rise in the incidents involving motorists scammed and robbed, on the roads. There are a number of tactics that have been employed by the robbers, in this regard, including the side view mirror scam, which involves a scammer convincing a victim of the claim that they had damaged a side-view mirror on the scammers car and that they needed to be reimbursed for it, immediately. Regardless of how fruitful such a scam might have been for the scammers, none of the scams can live up to the hype and disgust created by the “cops turned robbers”. Recently, the people on the streets of France have had to deal with an organized gang that robs motorists, while being disguised as policemen. And to understand exactly how serious this threat is, the fact that France’s military had issued a warning on the issue, only a few months back, should be an indicator.

When you take it all into perspective, you have got to say that motorists are NOT safe on the roads of France. The French authorities, instead of exhausting all of their resources on measures that do little for the protection of the environment and more of a nuisance for the people, should start focusing on the eradication of such organized criminal activities on the roads of the country!

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4xtKFfIW9k

Why Oh Why Did Renault Need To Purchase Stakes in A French Car News Publisher?

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When you speak of an esteemed French car manufacturing company such as Renault, you would expect for the company to invest all of its resources into the development and manufacturing of vehicles, so that it might be able to something that is actually useful for humanity, on the whole. However, when you consider some of Renault’s activities in recent, it certainly does not appear to be the case.

Those who love reading juicy and unbiased news, on the French automotive industry, have run out of luck it seem, owing to how Renault has finally decided to take “unbiased” completely out of the proposition. The company has purchased a 40 percent stake in the Challenges Group, which is a French publishing company, known for the news that it delivers on the automotive industry of cars. This means that people of France will read what Renault will feed on the matters of French cars. So much for unbiased journalism!

The surprising part of it all is that Renault is known, all over the world, as one of the leading players in the international automotive industry. However, when you consider that the company had to stoop so low in order to contend with the fact that it is being left out of the competition by companies that are ACTUALLY serious about taking the automotive industry of the world forward, you cannot help but consider the crisis that Renault must be which propelled it into making such a move.

Renault needs to realize that the company will be better served by making investments in cars rather than news agencies, owing to how it is the cars that will ultimately bring in profits and not public sentiments. If a car manufacturer is able to put forward the best products in the market, purchasing a news agency should be the least of its concerns.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj6cnEeFr8c

Why the French Government Needs to Cut the Renault-Nissan Knot

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Everyone who is involved in the French automotive industry is aware of the surreal knot that is being tied between Renault and Nissan. When you involve Mitsubishi into the mix itself, considering how it is the third lover on the bed, the scenario appears to be a little too good for these companies. A manifestation of this fact lies in how the net profit of these three companies amounts to somewhere around 9.4 billion Euros, making the alliance the fourth strongest on the face of Mother Earth.

Regardless of how lucrative the alliance might have been for the companies in question, the fact remains that results are not, likely, to be same from the perspective of France, as a whole. When you get into the comparison of the companies, you realize that the net income per head generated by the employees of Renault is, almost, half of what is generated by the employees of Nissan. Consequently, the first order of business of the combined group would, obviously, be to stop some of the production lines in France. This will result into the loss of employment for a lot of people, owing to how the automotive production lines are responsible for the bread and butter of a large number of families in France.

The French government has got fifteen percent ownership share in Renault, meaning that it has got the veto power to stop such a catastrophe from happening. If such a  scenario is about to happen, therefore, the commoners of France would expect their government to stand up for their rights and interests, rather than looking to uphold some obscure economic principle relating to international trade. The French government has got an influence on the alliance, which is the reason why it has to ensure that things work out in favor of France!

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Peugeot CEO Finds the Glass to be a Lot More Than Half Full

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When you think of the basic rules of business, it is a fact that businesses need to be realistic in their assumptions and action. If a business tends to be too optimistic, for instance, there is a high chance of it losing its way, considering how it will be prone to exuberant risk-taking. The management of a business, therefore, needs to put on a realistic lens, regardless of whether they are making a business decision or speaking of business related matters, in general.

The CEO of Peugeot, however, appears to be completely unaware of this basic quality of successful CEOs, owing to how he has been found to be a bit too optimistic in his latest remarks. The biggest shock came about in his statement about making the transition from diesel powered engines to the electric models. According to Jean-Philippe Imparato, the CEO of Peugeot, the company will make two versions of the same vehicle; one will be powered by diesel while the other will be electric. It would then be up to the customers to decide which model it is that they want, depending upon the relevant laws and preferences.

What he comfortably chose to ignore, however, was the cost that the company would have to bear in pulling off all of these shenanigans. The statement appears to be even more ridiculous when you consider how the European market for cars has been flattening over the past few years. Taking all of this into perspective, it appears to be nothing short of foolish for the CEO of Peugeot to expect such a strategy to work in the shrinking market. The basic purpose of a company is to make profits, but going by what the CEO wishes to do, Peugeot can expect to find itself running into a predicament soon enough!

The French Authorities Appear To Have A Bit Too Much Time at Their Disposal

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Gone are the days when governments used to always have an important matter to take care of. The French government, in particular, appears to have nothing important to do, whatsoever, which is why they are taking a keen interest in making people’s lives more miserable than they actually are, with their pointless shenanigans and useless measures of authority and control.

France has decided to ride the climate change bandwagon a bit too much, perhaps at the cost of the comfort of its own people. According to a new regulation, the vehicles in France will need to have a clean air sticker on them, all for the purpose of identifying what emissions they produce. The justification that the representatives have given for such a strange step lies in how they are willing to reduce harmful emissions. According to them, if, on a certain day, a location is at a higher risk of air pollution, vehicles will be denied entrance into the location based on the sticker that they might be carrying. The regulation was brought into effect in January 2018 and is currently applicable in Paris, Grenoble, Strasbourg, Lille, Lyon and Toulouse.

Failure to comply would result in the imposition of a heavy fine. What’s more startling is the fact that the regulations are even applicable on individuals who are nationals of other EU nations and are merely riding through France on a visit. When you take it all into perspective, the shenanigan appears to be nothing more than a stunt by the French government to prove that nobody cares about the environment more than them. They are actually right in their claim, if you think about it, for the other leading world governments take more pride in serving and protecting their people!

Time for France to Take a Stand against Germany…Yet Again!

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We all know how the President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald Trump, has been throwing garbage on every country other than his own, right? For him, USA is all that matters in the world, while every other country has been busy in defrauding them for as long as he can remember. Trump, recently, accused the EU, which includes France, of unfair trade practices, including the charging of higher tariffs.

Regardless of how thick headed the current President of the United States might be, the fact remains that the country is, perhaps, the most important trading partner of the EU. The time requires for the European countries to be united in the cause, but Germany has, once again, decided to be a disappointment.

Germany has urged the EU to negotiate a new deal with the USA, the basic purpose of which will be reduce the tariffs on a number of goods, including cars. France, on the other hand, does not wish the EU to make any kind of concessions, whatsoever, owing to how the concessions will only serve to protect Germany’s export-led industry and economy while marring the interests of France and its automotive industry.

When you take into perspective, it is not difficult to realize that Germany is, once again, looking out for its own interest, at the expense of others—this time in the automotive sector. It is time for the French government to give priority to its economy, sovereignty and automotive industry, rather than politics and the country’s ties with the European Union. The country needs to make a stand for its stance on the matter, even if it means standing up against the likes of Germany. After all, France has done it successfully before as well, haven’t they?

Why Oh Why Did Renault Need To Purchase Stakes in A French Car News Publisher

When you speak of an esteemed French car manufacturing company such as Renault, you would expect for the company to invest all of its resources into the development and manufacturing of vehicles, so that it might be able to produce something that is actually useful for humanity. However, some of Renault’s recent activities certainly do not appear to be towards this end.

Those who love reading juicy and unbiased news on the French automotive industry, have run out of luck it seems, owing to how Renault has finally decided to take “unbiased” completely out of the proposition.

The company has purchased a 40 percent stake in the Challenges Group, which is a French publishing company, known for news that it delivers on the automotive industry. What this means is that people of France will read what Renault will feed on the matter of French cars. So much for unbiased journalism!

The surprising part of it all is that Renault is known, all over the world as one of the leading players in the international automotive industry. However, when you consider that the company had to stoop so low to contend with being left behind by companies that are ACTUALLY serious about taking the automotive industry forward, you have to consider the crisis that Renault must be in for it to make such a move.

Renault needs to realize that the company will be better served by making investments in cars rather than news agencies, owing to how it is the cars that will ultimately bring in profits and not public sentiment. If a car manufacturer is able to put forward the best products in the market, purchasing a news agency should be the least of its concerns.

PSA’s Strange Strategy for Countering the Plummeting Sales in Asia

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We all know the sales of PSA cars have been plummeting in Asia, on the whole, regardless of how they surged by a whopping 54.5 percent in Africa and the Middle East in 2017. When you consider the importance of Asia on the geographical and economic scale, especially for businesses that are looking to grow and penetrate into newer markets, you have got say that PSA must have taken these plummeting numbers extremely seriously and done everything within the company’s power to get the numbers surging again, right? Wrong!

Surprisingly, PSA has recently chosen to enter into an agreement with the government of Namibia, according to which the company will set up its plants in the country with an output capacity of 5,000 vehicles per annum. The plant is said to be operational by the year 2020. This plant will play a vital role in meeting the demands of the customers in the African region, contributing to the long term goal of the company to significantly boost its sales in Asia and Africa. However, when you consider how the sales of PSA have been falling in Asia recently, it has got to be said that the company appears to have things figured out all wrong.

The basic rule of management governs that a business needs to steady its ship in places where it has already reached, instead of wandering into unexplored waters. The market of Africa might prove to be great for PSA, no doubt, but that will only serve to divert the attention away from the Asian market. We all know how the Asian market has been regarded as “the” market for growth, over the past several years. Unless PSA starts taking things in Asia more seriously and capitalizes before the Asian market becomes concentrated for good, you can be sure that it won’t be reaching the desired goal of selling one million vehicles in 2025.

Renault Boasts Misleading Information Yet Again

Renault has, recently, decided to re-launch its Alpine brand after a period of 20 years. The CEO of Renault had inaugurated the production line for the new A110, back in December, in a small coastal town in the northwest region of France, called Dieppe. Dieppe is among the poorest communities in the Normandy region, and the venture is bound to aid the living standards of the people there. Everything would have been perfect, however, if the spokespersons for Renault hadn’t resorted to lies as means for boasting their brand…yet again!

Renault claimed that its factory in Dieppe is the only one that’s building cars with aluminum bodies and chassis in the whole of Europe. The spokesperson had, perhaps, assumed the UK to not be a part of Europe, when making such a bold remark, owing to how JLR—a company based in the UK—has already been in the business of manufacturing cars with aluminum bodies and chassis. Either Renault needs an elementary lesson in geography to learn that the UK is one of the most powerful forces in Europe, or they need to build a car that can actually match up to the standard of JLR’s F-150, so that they don’t have to make audacious claims of greatness. It’s true, sadly, that everyone lies, whether it’s a person or a mere legal entity!