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Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond banned from driving in France for three months

Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have been pulled over in France for speeding, resulting in a three month ban from driving in the country. Both had been driving along a motorway where they thought an 81mph speed limit applied. However, it turns out they were driving along a stretch which was restricted to 56mph. 

Hammond (left) and Clarkson, were busted for speeding in France, but they weren't going as fast as you may think.
Hammond (left) and Clarkson, were busted for speeding in France, but they weren’t going as fast as you may think.

Clarkson said he and Hammond were caught doing 88 and 89mph, respectively, and that the Top Gear presenters were fined “everything [they] had in [their] wallets.” The French police also took away their driving licences, leaving them stranded and unable to drive the Aston Martin Vanquish and Porsche 911 GT3 that they had been driving in up to that point. 

The pair had been on their way to film new sections of Top Gear’s annual DVD. Clarkson said the ban “explains why, in the next series of Top Gear, you may notice we seem to be doing an awful lot of stuff in Italy.” 

But he added: “this wasn’t the end of the world for us, because the film crew came to the rescue.”

Since the ban was revealed, those on social networking sites have expressed a variety of reactions, ranging from outrage to amusement. How do you feel about it? Let us know by dropping a comment below. 

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