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Road safety: France hails huge drop in road deaths

Road safety in France is improving at record rates – with a huge 15 percent drop in the number of fatalities in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period last year.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls told reporters that 257 fewer people had died in road accidents compared with the first six months of 2012.

2012 was a record in itself – with an improvement of eight percent on 2011 – and was the lowest number of fatalities since 1948.  “These results are extremely encouraging,” said Valls, who reiterated his ambition to reduce the number of fatalities – 3,645 in the whole of 2012 – to 2,000 by 2020.

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