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Cars In France Now 6% Less Likely To Be Torched!

Posted by bmac on January 3, 2008

I’m really perplexed about this car burning epidemic in France. This New Years Eve,  372 cars were torched, and they seem to be pretty happy about it, since 372 is down from last years 397.  Just take a few minutes and count to 372. That’s a lot of cars to torch in just one night.

“The night was relatively calm, without notable incident, there were very few direct clashes with the security forces,” said a spokesman for the national police.

Without notable incident? Burning 372 cars doesn’t qualify as notable incident? France is in deeper shit than anyone wants to admit if torching only 372 cars in one night is a good thing. Who pays for this stuff? Are those cars insured? If so, aren’t insurance companies starting to get a little pissed off? What does it cost to insure your car in France these days?

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At the height of the 2005 riots as many as 1,400 cars were attacked in overnight violence. In protests over President Nicolas Sarkozy election last May, demonstrators set fire to 730 vehicles.

Are there even any cars left in France? What about the firefighters? Have they had about enough of this shit? I just don’t get it.

Police had stepped up their presence on French streets in anticipation of the year-end celebrations and the sale of petrol in cans was banned in some places.

Wow, that was really effective. All that preparation resulted in 25 fewer cars being set ablaze. Great job frog police!

3 Responses to “Cars In France Now 6% Less Likely To Be Torched!”

  1. in2thefray said

    Interesting presentation of a news item .I like it.

  2. Johan V said

    We have a few sites in France, one of them in such a violent city (Mulhouse) where torching cars is like an annual event. People are used to it, I never got it but they talk about it like they’re proud of being the number 1 car-torching city some years. I even heard they did car-torching competitions with a neighbor city in Switzerland to get the most.
    When crossing the french border, the first thing you notice is what I like to call the ‘poor-people-cars’…low budget cars, not taken care of, full of dirt, signs of accidents. It’s hard to find a car of the current year:-/ so I think torching them keeps car-sales in balance?

  3. bmac said

    <<they’re proud of being the number 1 car-torching city some years. I even heard they did car-torching competitions with a neighbor city in Switzerland to get the most.”

    Wow, and I thought Compton was bad. No wonder bikes are so popular over there.

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