French burn 1,193 cars over New Year's Eve
This annual 'tradition' is officially counted by the government.
That's how many cars were engulfed in flames on New Year's Eve, an outbreak of arson by youths, gangs and other fools that has become so frequent that the government officially tracks the destruction. (The photo is from an earlier riot in August.)
Interior Minister Manuel Valls released the numbers for the first time since 2009, when 1,147 cars were burned.
The government had been reluctant to note them for fear of encouraging the criminals, but now that burning 1,000 cars has become a New Year's Eve tradition, hiding it doesn't seem to help.
While cars get torched all over the country, Paris is a particular hot spot, having been the center of fiery, racially triggered riots in 2005 after two youths were electrocuted during a police chase. At that time, nearly 9,000 cars were burned in less than three weeks.
The government did not release figures of estimated damage, which saw some cars burning until Tuesday afternoon. So, Happy New Year?
[Source: ABC, Le Monde]
What the hell? Every year this goes on? What a country. Nothing like sitting in a French cafe and smelling the lingering smells of burn out cars . . . What a progressive and cultural country.
xquzit98 - Really? That is what you have to say about this? "Only relatively wealthy Parisians own cars anyway, so they can afford to replace them. It's like owning a car in New York City." The article says it happens all over the country but Paris holds the record. Regardless, since when is it ok to destroy someone else's property for the fun of it?
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