Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year’s Eve but government insists it ‘went particularly well’

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Almost 1,000 cars torched around France on New Year’s Eve but government insists it ‘went particularly well’

The Telegraph

Vandals in France torched 945 parked cars on New Year’s Eve in an arson rampage that has become a sinister annual “tradition” amid a row over whether the government sought to play down the figures.

According to the French interior ministry, the total of 945, which included cars that were either “totally destroyed” or “more lightly affected”, amounted to a 17 per cent rise compared to last year.

Despite this, New Year’s Eve “went off without any major incident”, the interior ministry insisted in a statement, adding that there were only “a few troubles with public order”.

In fact, police arrested 454 people over the night, 301 of whom were taken into custody.

On Sunday, the ministry had chosen to release a much lower figure of 650 cars torched, as this only indicated the number of vehicles “set on fire” and not those engulfed in the ensuing flames.

The lower figure enabled it to claim: “Once again this year, the overall  number of vehicles burned demonstrates that, however intolerable, the phenomenon is contained”. By this calculation, the rise, it said, was only 48 cars.

The far-Right Front National, however, denounced what it called the government’s “extremely hazy security record”.

“The new interior minister Bruno Le Roux…(initially) didn’t communicate the number of vehicles burned and considers that the number of cars directly set on fire to be ‘contained’ while even this constitutes a significant rise of 8 per cent,” the FN said in a statement.

These incidents are not tolerable and the perpetrators must be found and answer…Read More
Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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