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Old 16 February 2007, 08:45 AM
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Comment: A little rumour all the way from Ireland for you.

I have heard that while you drive around the Arc De Triomphe in Paris your
insurance is automatically cancelled until you leave the road around the
Arc again.
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Old 16 February 2007, 09:18 AM
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Comment: A little rumour all the way from Ireland for you.
You're one of those little people. Right?
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Old 16 February 2007, 02:55 PM
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Only if there are Panzers in the roundabout.
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Old 16 February 2007, 04:26 PM
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I can see where this comes from. The one time I was in Paris, we saw several accidents at the Arch. The funny part was in NONE of the cases did either car stop. They just side swiped each other, gave a rude gesture, and went on. It was funny.

I even saw a couple of cars (I swear) try to run over a traffic cop. He couldn't get people to stop. Again, funny.
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Old 20 February 2007, 11:39 AM
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I've heard that, too. Not sure where though. The only reference I can find to it is this,

http://www.terrace.qld.edu.au/academ...nch/icoarc.htm

which doesn't seem all too reliable. I'll try to think where I heard it from.
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Old 20 February 2007, 02:24 PM
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This seems more likely

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My cabbie explains to me, "If there is an accident here, each driver is considered equally at fault. This is the only place in Paris where the accidents are not judged. No matter what the circumstances, insurance companies split the costs 50-50. In Paris, a good driver gets only scratches, not dents."
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Old 23 February 2007, 10:46 AM
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Perhaps, I shouldn't have been so dismissive in my earlier response to the OP.
I asked my insurance company to check out if cover was extended to include circling the mad roundabout which is the Arc de Triomphe, and surprisingly this UL is true, sort of...
Turns outs that my Comprehensive Irish policy will only cover the minimum French requirement, which is personal injuries liabilty only, and not vehicular damage if I'm at fault. But this apparently applies to any driving I do in France, and not just around the Arc de Triomphe.

On a personal note, driving around the unmarked TEN lanes at the Arc de Triomphe, (which took me two goes round to get off) was the scariest roundabout I've ever been on. I've been back twice since, but will never go back driving in a car.
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Only if there are Panzers in the roundabout.
Forget the keyboard. You've just made me wet my underarmours.
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Forget the keyboard. You've just made me wet my underarmours.
It's a good thing they are "quick dry".
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