The Rising Controversy Around Car Parking Charges in French Hospitals

France is well known for its car parking issue, with many parking spaces charging exuberant prices for a few hours of parking. Some hospital parking charges have been called ‘intolerable’. France’s health minister said the problem is ‘not a priority compared to helping people get care.

However, a recent controversy has been brought up surrounding the case of car parking outside hospitals. Most people visit hospitals for an emergency, and having to pay an exorbitant sum to park their car outside the premises has triggered many French residents. 

When questioned on the issue, François Braun told BFMTV: “I do not manage hospital parking prices. I agree about this issue, but I am not going to solve the [problem of the] cost of hospital parking immediately.

“I think our health system has many other difficulties. There are people who are still very far from being able to get care, and that is my priority.”

French people, however, do not agree with François Braun’s statement and believe that he should oversee the matter on a priority basis. The health minister needs to do more to reduce the charges, especially since he agrees with the issue. If the parking charges for French cars aren’t cut down or reduced, we may see riots similar to the May 1st riots in most cities. 

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French Politician Snubs Local Laws and Blocks Passenger Train With Parked Car

While French politicians aren’t really known for their wise antics, Jean Lassalle, an Independent Member of Parliament made a surprising entry to a rugby match in Bedous by parking his car on a railroad crossing. 

Lassalle was there to see his son play Rugby, and in his haste forgot to park his car right. 

It was later during the match that police approached him and asked him to pay a 135 Euro fine and to also move his car as it had been blocking a passenger train for the last half an hour. 

I saw this magnificent place and I parked there,” he told France Bleu. “The train was indeed at a standstill. I apologized to the passengers. Everyone was very nice. 

I have no excuse: it’s been two years since the line [opened] and I even inaugurated it,” he said. “It’s a big mistake.” 

Lassalle further went on to quip that if he had a driver like many of his peers, the accident wouldn’t have had happened in the first place. 

The visibility on the day was good, which is why the passenger train’s driver could see Mr. Lassalle’s parked car from a distance. With poor visibility, this could have ended badly. 

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