This is an obvious truth:
\”The last time a French norm was scrapped was in 1789. Ever since, they have only built up,\” the authors said, citing Montesquieu who stated: \”Useless laws weaken essential laws.\”
One of the few arguments that I\’ve made up myself, and which are actually reasonable, is precisely that Montesquieu point. Proving that I can be reasonable but not original. Whether I can be original and reasonable is as yet unknown.
But what does this lead to?
The village of Albaret-Sainte-Marie, southwestern France, population 573 and with an annual budget of 400,000 euros, is required to widen all its pavements \”to allow two wheelchairs to pass each other.\” The mayor pointed out to Le Figaro that the village has no wheelchair-bound residents.
Town hall staff are required to work in the dark if light bulbs blow and specially-trained staff are not on hand to change them.
The place rather needs a bonfire of the bureaucracy. What they\’re actually calling for is:
The key principle we need to bring back is common sense,\” said mayor Michel Thérond.
Good luck with that matey. Not just in France but anywhere in the EU.