A Renault 4L belonging to the Madagascar police is seen parked in Antananarivo's city centre on November 07, 2018. AFP / MARCO LONGARI
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Once a common sight across Europe, much-loved French cars from a bygone era rattle along the streets of Madagascar's capital Antananarivo, doing their duty as private vehicle, taxis or even police cars. The Renault 4L and the Citroen 2CV, which have made way for sleek younger models elsewhere, are still part of daily life on the Indian Ocean island, battling up its steep hills and wheezing towards top speed on its dusty main roads.The two models are celebrated worldwide as masterpieces of design, representing Europe's postwar boom and the explosion of car ownership but their heyday has long passed.The 2CV tank contains only 28 liters, and its driver must be a good judge of petrol usage.No official figures are available but thousands are still on the roads of the former French colony that is one of the world's poorest countries, with almost four in five people living in grinding poverty.Riri, a taxi driver, is also happy under the hood of his trusty old Renault.
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