Sunday 3 January 2010

Happy New Year France Stylee

The Tories have been getting all righteous about over-exuberant New Year revellers, but it pales into insignificance when compared with the annual celebrations in France.

PARIS (Reuters) - Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year's Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Car burnings are regular occurrences in poor suburbs that ring France's big cities, but the arson is especially prevalent during New Year's Eve revelry.

The number of vehicles torched was only 10 short of the record 1,147 burned this time last year, even though the Interior Ministry mobilized 45,000 police during the night -- 10,000 more than 12 months ago.

In light of this, drunks are quite a marginal problem, no?

Incidentally, there is one salient point missing from this account. You're not daft, you can find it out yourself.


Anonymous said...

+10.000 = -10

of course no mention whether efficiency has gone down or # of car burners has gone up. my bet is on that last one. the idea of burning cars is like a virus to these people. i know, cause i live in such an area (although not in france)

subrosa said...

I'm sure it wasn't middle aged catholic French citizens behaving like this.

Dare I suggest they were perhaps of another religious persuasion?

Dick Puddlecote said...

You dare to suggest correctly, Rosie. ;-)

Chuckles said...

Can't take those Orthodox Druids anywhere, can you?

Ben said...

What about all that second hand smoke
? Oh, and not to forget the CO2.

Rob F said...

Ben, you're not suggesting that Muslims are responsible for global warming, are you?

Oh, you racist, you...get that man to the re-education camp, at once!