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It can be tempting to take a risk when parking in a hurry – but one French MP has shown why it’s always worth checking where you’ve left the car.
Jean Lassalle, 65, was late to watch his son’s rugby match in the south-western town of Bedous on Sunday.
he told local news outlet France Bleu.
But his mistake soon become clear: “I saw the [police] approaching me during the match,” he said.
“When they explained the situation to me… I suddenly realised,” he added.
Mr Lassalle, an independent MP who ran in the 2017 presidential election, was told his car had been left on a level crossing.
And as if to add to the jeopardy, the police said his vehicle was currently blocking a passenger train.
“The train was indeed at a standstill,” he said. “I apologised to the passengers. Everyone was very nice.”
“Fortunately, the visibility from the train was good and there was no danger,” he told France Bleu. “I have no excuse: it’s been two years since the line [opened] and I even inaugurated it… it’s a big mistake.”
Mr Lassalle escaped without a fine, but he had one suggestion for how similar mistakes could be avoided in future.
“If I had a driver like many of my peers, that would not happen!” he quipped to Sud Ouest.
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