People burned 874 cars in France on New Years Eve and it’s actually an improvement
There are wild New Years Eve traditions around the world, but torching parked cars in France is certainly one of the most extreme.
Every year, French revelers flare up hundreds of parked cars (usually without permission) on New Years Eve, but officials say the latest festivities weren’t so bright.
This year people only managed to burn 874 vehicles, while this number has exceeded 1,000 in recent years.
According to reports from Euro news, the number has dropped significantly from the 1,316 cars that were burnt down on New Years Eve night in 2019.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to congratulate police and security personnel for keeping these numbers low, thanking them for working hard to contain the fires and violence that have bursts.
“New Years Eve saw a decrease in violence thanks to law enforcement efforts,” the tweet said. “Thank you to the nearly 130,000 police, gendarmes and civil security agents who helped and ensured the safety of the French last night.”
French authorities report the number of cars burnt after New Year’s Eve each year, and the tally usually reaches hundreds or thousands.
However, figures for last year were not released as France was in the midst of a nationwide lockdown due to the pandemic at the time.
The tradition of violent car fires dates back to at least the 1980s, according to France 24. It was sometimes used as an act of protest and it became more of a New Years Eve tradition in poor communities from the mid-2000s.
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