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Paris. But what happens to scooters on the Champs Elysees?

On Thursday, the Prefect of the Paris Police issued an order banning the distribution of electric scooters from 22:00 to 6:00 until July 31 on parts of the Champs Elysees in order to combat “impoliteness”. A measure that took effect immediately.

But what happens on the most beautiful avenue in the world after dark? Well, individuals behave like crazy on the steering wheel, zigzags between cars racing at breakneck speed … This “rodeo” phenomenon appeared last summer, recalls Le Parisien.

Pilots addicted to laughing gas

This practice is all the more dangerous because these young people are consuming nitrous oxide, the famous euphoric laughing gas found in whipped cream siphon cartridges or in dry air aerosols.

After being collected in an inflatable balloon and sucked in through the mouth, the gas has a duration of no more than one minute, causing the effects of intoxication, euphoria, dizziness, “accompanied by uncontrolled laughter”, as well as “visual and auditory distortions” describes the site-information service for the prevention of drug addiction.

At least three nights a week

According to Le Parisien, police in the 8th arrondissement in the morning find “balloons everywhere” on the sidewalks of the avenue. The groups gather there on Thursday nights, and even more on Friday and Saturday nights. Some come with their hookah “on benches and squat all evening while smoking.”

On Tuesday, the Paris mayor’s office threatened three private self-service electric scooter operators operating in the capital not to renew their contracts unless they make progress on speed limits and parking.

Fatal accidents

On June 14, on a pedestrian alley along the Seine, a 32-year-old Italian resident of the capital was hit by an electric scooter driven by two escaped girls. She died two days later from her injuries. Ten days later, the person holding the wheel was charged with “aggravated manslaughter.”

In 2020, a 75-year-old woman was killed by a 31-year-old man riding an electric scooter on Boulevard Raspail in Paris (7th arrondissement).

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