French Government reject motion to make motor doping a criminal offence

A motion to criminalise technological and mechanical fraud in France was rejected as too "premature"

The French Government have voted against introducing a law that would have criminalised technical and mechanical fraud in sport. If it had been voted through, those convicted could have faced seven years in prison and been fined up to €150,000.

As part of a wider debate on strengthening the regulation and transparency of professional sport in France, a motion was tabled by one opposition member of parliament that suggested introducing a new crime called technological fraud, specifically relating to incidents of motor doping in cycling - of which Femke Van den Driessche's ban last January remains the only confirmed case to date.

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