French train inspector demands limbless man prove he’s disabled

French rail ticket inspectors are known for being sticklers when it comes to enforcing rules but asking a famous quadriplegic Frenchman to prove he merits a disabled travel discount is taking things to extremes.

French train inspector demands limbless man prove he's disabled
Photo: Philippe Croizon/Twitter

Philippe Croizon, a household name in France after achieving the remarkable feat of becoming the first quadruple-amputee athlete to swim the Channel, was travelling on the TER train between Rouen and Paris.

Having no arms or legs obviously meant Croizon qualified for reduced-cost travel on account of being severely disabled.

Nevertheless a ticket inspector on the service demanded Croizon show his “carte d'invalidité”, an ID card disabled people must carry to prove they are eligible for a discount.

Apparently the fact Croizon was in a wheelchair and clearly has no forearms and hands nor lower legs and feet, wasn't enough to convince the inspector.

A shocked Croizon tweeted out a picture of himself with the hashtag #triste (sad) and “touteestpossible (anything is possible) but remained calm during the exchange.

However passengers around him made their disgust known to the SNCF inspector, after which he reportedly dropped his demand to see Croizon's disability card and moved on down the carriage.

Croizon had been a steel worker by trade, until he was electrocuted in March 1994 while working at his house in Saint Remy-sur-Creuse in central France.

He was forced to have both arms and legs amputated in the aftermath of the horrific accident.

The quadriplegic even defended the inspector on Twitter saying “he could have been having a bad day or maybe he was tired.”

However French authorities have long been criticized for their attitude towards disabled people, especially when it comes to transport.

In 2015 a group supporting France's disabled community handed a “file of shame” to the French government as it emerged that thousands were forced into “exile” in Belgium where facilities and support are considered far better.


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French police use car to push disabled man home

Two French policemen are in hot water after a video emerged on Facebook showing them apparently "helping" a disabled man by pushing his broken down motorised wheelchair along a road using their police vehicle.

French police use car to push disabled man home
The police officers pushing the disabled man along the road. Photo: Facebook/Screenshot
It's the type of scene you would imagine seeing in a comedy film.
But the images of two French policemen using their car to push home a man in a broken down electric wheelchair are indeed real, if slightly unbelievable.
In a 30-second film, a witness in another car is left giggling as she films the police vehicle slowly nudging the electric wheelchair along the road in Leucate, north of Perignan, south-western France.
Meanwhile, others cars zoom past in both directions.
The video, which was taken last month, had racked up almost 200,000 views by Monday morning after it was published on Facebook and then picked up by French media over the weekend.

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While the video may indeed have left some in fits of laughter, senior police officers took the matter seriously, launching disciplinary action against the two officers.
A spokesperson for the local police union saying that the actions were not only “unacceptable”, but a “discredit to the entire profession”.
The officers themselves said the man had been willing to get the push, after refusing to get out of the wheelchair when it broke down on the roadside.

(The video was shot in Leucate, on the south west coast of France. Photo: GoogleMaps)

But the man's family have stood up for the two officers.
The daughter of the disabled man told the L'Indépendant that rather than being punished, the officers should be rewarded. 
“My father is stubborn, he wouldn't have got off,” she told the paper
“Everything these officers did was for the best, our father is safe and sound, we are totally satisfied.”