VIDEO of Paris driver in road rage attack on blind pedestrian and friend goes viral

A video of an apparent road rage attack on a blind pedestrian and his friend in Paris has gone viral - sparking intense debate about driving etiquette in the French capital.

VIDEO of Paris driver in road rage attack on blind pedestrian and friend goes viral
The video has sparked a debate about pedestrian crossings in Paris. Photo: AFP
The short film, which was posted on Twitter on Monday, appears to show a man helping a visually impaired pedestrian with a white cane across a pedestrian crossing.
As the two men step out they narrowly avoid being hit by an Audi car. A noise suggests the blind man taps the car with his white cane as it drives past. 
The film, which appears to have been taken on the headcam of a cyclist and had been viewed tens of thousands of times on Monday, then shows the driver stopping, getting out of his car then confronting the blind man and his friend, before launching a physical assault.
The driver appears to be shouting “Why did you hit it” at the man helping the bind man before punching and slapping him in the face repeatedly.
The man responds by saying “because you passed over pedestrian crossing when I had priority”.
A woman who appears to have been the passenger is seen trying to intervene. The driver then squares up to the blind man before eventually returning to his car after bystanders suggest calling the police.
The film does not identify when or exactly where in Paris the incident took place, but it has sparked intense debate about drivers in the French capital, who have a reputation for being aggressive and ignoring the rights or pedestrians and cyclists.`
Most of those who saw the clip said they were not surprised by the driver's behaviour.
Paris-based journalist Peter Allen described the incident on Twitter as an “astonishing, but very typical, Paris road rage” while other commenters said that Paris drivers “routinely ignore pedestrian crossings”.
French newspaper Le Parisian reported that the pedestrian in the video has filed a formal complaint.
Last year the French government toughened up fines for drivers who fail to respect the rules at pedestrian crossings – French law states that a driver must stop if a pedestrian is on the crossing, but also if people are waiting at the crossing with a “clear intention to cross”.
Pedestrians will be hoping the potential loss of 6 points will encourage more drivers in France to stop.
Separately the government was planning to make pedestrian crossings more visible to drivers in the hope it makes it easier for them to stop.
Some 559 pedestrians were killed in road accidents in 2016 a rise of 19.4 percent on the previous year.
However, not all the blame is on drivers, a study in 2017 found that 40 percent of French pedestrians cross the road at traffic lights when they don't have the right.
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Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed

Striking airport workers have blocked part Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, with some flights already delayed by at least one hour.

Striking workers block Paris airport terminal, flights delayed
Striking airport workers outside Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt | AFP

Last month, trade unions representing workers at the Aéroports de Paris (ADP) – the city’s Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy and Orly airports – called for a strike between July 1st and July 5th in an ongoing dispute between French airport workers and bosses over contract renegotiations.

A second wave of protests are expected next week, after a strike notice was filed for July 9th.

Tensions mounted on Friday morning as some 400 protesters staged a raucous demonstration at CDG’s terminal 2E, which mostly deals with flights outside the Schengen zone, as police officers looked on.

At Orly airport, meanwhile, some 250 people demonstrated “outside”, while a small group was inside.

The dispute is over a long-term plan by ADP to bring in new work contracts for employees at the airports, which unions say will lower pay, job losses and a reduction in rights and bonuses for employees.

The strike is being jointly called by the CGT, CFE-CGE, Unsa, CFDT and FO unions, who said in a joint press release that the proposals will “definitively remove more than a month’s salary from all employees and force them to accept geographical mobility that will generate additional commuting time”.

Unions say that staff face dismissal if they do not sign the new contracts.

ADP said on Wednesday that it expected ‘slight delays for some flights but no cancellations’ to services – but it urged travellers to follow its social media operations for real-time updates.

On Thursday, the first day of action, 30 percent of flights were delayed between 15 minutes and half-an-hour.

ADP’s CEO Augustin de Romanet had said on Tuesday that ‘everything would be done to ensure no flight is cancelled’. 

ADP reported a loss of €1.17 billion in 2020. 

Stressing that discussions are continuing over the proposed new contracts, the CEO called for “an effort of solidarity, with a red line: no forced layoffs.”