Aren't we talking about French courts rather than British courts?
Absolutely....and the French are known for not following correct forensic procedures.
It may have been the case here...who knows. Could have been a diplomatic thing to save any French embarrassment?
But it sounded to me as if it was a high speed loss of control, and not a case of a mysterious car coming out of nowhere, or other such guff.
He (driver) could have been drunk.....I know that at that time, France had an appalling record for road deaths, due to drink driving. The whole attitude towards DUI was shocking.
I have, on several occasions, sat opposite french policemen (restaurant near where my brother lives in France, lots of cops go there)
...who thought nothing of downing a bottle of wine each with their meals at lunchtime, and getting into their cars and resuming work for the afternoon.
It is different now....France has become a lot stricter with this issue.
It was losing too many of its Citizens. I havent tried googling this....too late in the day now, but if someone did (EU road death figures for, say, 1999 or thereabouts....with a breakdown by Country) you will be sure to find that France was up there at the top of the league. It was in their culture.