Wednesday, March 16, 2011

French Suspends #Japan Nuclear Crisis Hearing Over Parking Space

France, another country with supreme bureaucracy and politicians who graduated from the nation's top schools for producing such bureaucracy, never disappoints in matching the bureaucratic mess in Japan.

Reuters reports:

(Reuters) - A French parliamentary hearing called to discuss the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan was suspended in uproar on Wednesday -- in a spat over a parked car.

As ministers outlined France's response to what the government has called a potential disaster on the scale of Chernobyl, independent member of parliament Maxime Gremetz stormed into a committee room to complain his car was blocked.

"That's enough! This is unworthy!," science committee chairman Claude Birraux protested, amid shouts from members of parliament enraged by the timing of the interruption.

After disrupting the hearing on live television for a second time, Gremetz was ordered to get the car registration number.

"With Japanese people risking their lives today, don't come here and be a pain in the neck with your story about badly parked cars," Birraux said before suspending the session, attended by France's top nuclear and power industry officials.

Besson said he was sure the offending vehicle did not belong to him or Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

"If it was either of our cars I am sure the chauffeurs would be sitting in the front," he told the committee.


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