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France witnesses less torched cars on New Year, ‘only’ 1,067 vehicles set ablaze!

New Year car torching

Every year the night of December 31st and January 1st seems hundreds of cars set ablaze across the country in an orgy of vandalism as much a tradition as champagne and oysters

New Year car torchingParis: Every year the night of December 31st and January 1st seems hundreds of cars set ablaze across the country in an orgy of vandalism as much a tradition as champagne and oysters in more affluent parts of France.

In a marked drop this year, some 1,067 vehicles were torched in France over New Year’s Eve. Briefing reporters yesterday, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said that the number of cars torched over this New Year’s Eve had dropped by more than 10 per cent.

“The Seine-Saint-Denis department that neighbors Paris, the poorest in France, was the clear winner with a total of 80 burnt cars,” he added.

Authorities had stopped publishing official figures of the number of burnt cars after it was discovered a district-by-district breakdown was fueling a destructive competition between rival gangs.

But last year, Valls had promised to publish the figures again. Some 53,000 policemen were deployed across the country during New Year’s Eve to try and avoid any violence, but three people were knifed and died, including one in Paris.

AFP

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