Speaking to the BBC, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said 60 percent – or about 3,200 – of the speed cameras had been vandalized since November when the movement began over fuel and tax increases. Castaner said the damage threatens road safety and puts lives in danger.
He said the cameras were “neutralized, attacked or destroyed.”
Speeds limits were already controversial in France when the government early last year lowered the limit on many roads to 50 mph, the BBC said. Many have complained about the rising costs of commuting for those priced out of urban areas.