Dinner & a Movie Behind the Wheel? Illegal, Say French Police

It was maybe the most luxurious on-the-go meal you could imagine.

By Ethan L. Johns
January 24, 2018

Image: NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images

French poet Honoré de Balzac is quoted as saying, “Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.”

On the other hand, if we may permit ourselves to riff, “whoever visits western France while sitting behind the wheel of an automobile, watching a movie and eating a plate of foie gras on toast will, too, never really be elegant.”

One driver discovered this the hard way last week, when he was pulled over by police in the medieval town of Laval. The police stopped the Russian man after they noticed him driving “in a dangerous position.”

Apparently driving “en position dangereuse” is French for driving with food in your mouth and a laptop on the dashboard. Either that or there was no other way to classify the strange behavior. The man was reportedly watching a film behind the wheel, while gorging himself on a delightfully decadent spread of foie gras on toast.

Unfortunately for him, not only was this inelegant, it was illegal. He was written up by the police and had to pay a fine of 750 € ($930) before he was permitted to leave with his foie-mobile.

Careful on the road, folks. Next time, this guy should consider a snack that’s a little more portable. And if he’s really so desperate to watch that hit new flick, why not host a movie night and watch it on the big screen?

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns