the State ordered to pay more than 580,000 euros to two motorway companies – RT in French

The State was ordered to pay nearly 584,000 euros to the motorway companies SAPN and Sanef for financial damage suffered during the demonstrations of yellow vests organized between November 2018 and June 2019.

In a decision of June 23, the administrative court of Rouen recognized the financial damage suffered by the Company of the motorways of Paris-Normandy (SAPN) and the Sanef (Company of the motorways of the north and the east of France).

The State will have to pay 27,687 euros to Sanef, after five demonstrations organized at toll stations, and 557,300 euros to SAPN after 32 demonstrations having led in particular to “operations allowing users to take the motorway without pay the toll”.

This decision follows a rejection by the prefects of Eure and Seine-Maritime to compensate the two companies. “These facts, which occurred in a context of nationwide claims, did not […] not been committed by groups which would have been formed and organized for the sole purpose of committing crimes, unrelated to the nationwide protest movement of the Yellow Vests, contrary to what the Prefect of Seine-Maritime claims” and de l’Eure in defence, notes the judgment.

To justify its decision, the court relies in particular on an article of the internal security code, according to which “the State is civilly liable for damages and damages resulting from crimes and offenses committed […] by armed or unarmed crowds or gatherings, either against persons or against property”. Justice also recognized the existence of degradations.


RT

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