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Pull Over to the Curb and Calm Down, Please

April 16, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

French driving students may soon have to wait 24 hours before finding out test results because too many candidates are attacking examiners who fail them on the spot.

"As well as death and rape threats, and trashing of vehicles, there are physical attacks," said Jean-Francois Verdier, a Transport Ministry official in charge of the tests. "Threats at gunpoint are not rare."

Verdier said candidates, some of whom have failed their test for the 10th time, often round up friends to attack examiners. France fails more than two-thirds of the 3.5 million people who take the test each year.

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