March 30, 2006
Our French ancestors would be rolling over in their graves—more easily accomplished since they went in the box sans heads, thanks to the guillotine. But the French police have decided that the traditional Peugeot and Renault police cars won’t cut the moutarde when it comes to high-speed chases. So the French, like half of the world rally circuit and lots of college-age guys, have switched their allegiance to the Subaru WRX. Reuters reports that the nation’s Gendarmerie Nationale will get 63 WRXs with 149-mph capability, good for catching rogue Belgians who manage to sneak across the border in search of good wine. A lucky group of 156 French cops will get to train with the vehicles on the Bugatti race circuit at Le Mans, and will be called into action only in case of high-speed chases. The cars also will be outfitted with lighted displays warning perps to stop in five different languages—French, English, German, Spanish and Dutch.
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