Hollande has boasted he would be a "normal" president, close to the people. So instead of jumping on a jet to attend official functions, Hollande prefers to take the train or travel by car. But to make up for time lost, the French president has employed some unusual tactics.
On Wednesday, Hollande’s car was caught speeding on the motorway at up to 160 km/h on his way to Caen to commemorate D-Day. That’s according to journalists from radio RMC and TV channel BFMTV who were following him.
Hollande’s driver was also caught entering the tunnel of la Défense in the outskirts of Paris at 140km/h. That’s twice the authorised speed.
In Caen, journalists caught up with Hollande and asked whether he remembers speeding on the motorway.
"No speeding, I don’t know, did you notice anything?" asked the president. Apparently he didn’t notice anything.
On Wednesday, Hollande commemorated the 68th anniversary of D-Day, attending a military ceremony in the British cemetery of Ranville, before visiting the Caen-Normandy memorial.