940 Cars Torched Across France on New Year’s Eve
940 cars were torched last night in France in a stunt that started mostly in immigrant communities back in the 1990s.
Only 940 cars were torched this year on New Year’s Eve in France. That’s down 12 percent from the 1,067 that were torched last year. The cars were set alight in the immigrant suburbs.
The Evening Sun reported:
France’s Interior Ministry says 940 cars were set alight by revelers ringing in the New Year — 12 percent fewer than the 1,067 set aflame last year.
The figures issued on Thursday show that, despite the dip, setting fire to parked cars remains a firmly entrenched way for some French to send out the old and ring in the new.
Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM-TV that numerous cars were burned around the country, particularly in the east, as well as in suburban Paris, notably the Seine-Saint-Denis region — where fiery riots around France started in 2005.