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Paris Terror Attacks: Jean Todt vilified for comparing

Paris Terror Attacks: Jean Todt vilified for comparing

Paris Terror Attacks: Jean Todt vilified for comparing

F1’s French president of the FIA, Jean Todt, has come under fire for making controversial comments about the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Already scheduled to fly into Brazil this weekend long before Friday night’s atrocities in the French capital, Todt on Saturday sounded reluctant to alter the pre-race plans to mark remembrance day for road crash victims.

“Do you realise the number of people killed in road accidents is by far bigger than the number of people who died in Paris?” he told Canal Plus at Interlagos.

Todt said a “moment of attention” would be observed on Sunday for the Paris victims, but the planned “minute of silence” would be for road deaths, as planned.

After Todt’s comments, many in the paddock expressed alarm and disappointment, asking F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone if he would step in to ensure F1 pays appropriate respect in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

“I will speak with Jean Todt,” Ecclestone told Bild newspaper.

Shortly afterwards, F1 announced that drivers will wear black armbands on Sunday, while a French flag would be flown by the truck on the drivers’ parade.

But the “minute of silence” on the grid, the FIA insisted, will be a “tribute to those who have lost their lives or been injured in road traffic accidents”. (GMM)

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  1. Jamie Huntoon

    2015/11/15 at 4:57 pm

    Tone deaf

  2. DrChat

    2015/11/15 at 4:43 pm

    absolutely right

  3. Rebel

    2015/11/15 at 4:14 pm

    With all due respect, if this is the way forward then F1 should start these minutes of silences for each and every terrorist related incident which takes place in the world. Start remembering those who died due to the appalling atrocities committed by terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Pakistan and France.

    These days, every day is a black day for one country or the next – yes the incidents which took place in Paris were appalling and horrifying BUT why do selective criticism for terrorist related incidents? It’s not a new thing for people living in the Middle East or other areas where the same terrorists are killing innocent people with impunity.

    Yes, my post is full of irony – and it was meant to be that way. Do only European lives matter? First we have to answer whether there is any humanity left in us and only after that can we decide which incident requires condemnation and which doesn’t.

    Todt has done the right thing I must say – but more has to be done to raise our voices on a global scale against terrorism.

  4. mr simple

    2015/11/15 at 10:38 am

    Wow what planet are you living on.Comparing accidents to acts of terrorist murder. I wonder F1 in such a poor state. Todt not only out of touch with motorsport fans but also the human race.

  5. Richard Piers

    2015/11/15 at 10:02 am

    Todt is ,of course, absolutely correct. If he belittled the appalling atrocities of Friday night in Paris then very wrong but we do have a capacity to blank out or be selective about death. About 10 a day on the roads of France and 6 a day in UK and then many other atrocities throughout the world.

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