Here’s a French tweet straight from the streets: The translation is “New Year: 1,031 cars burned in during New Year’s Eve. It will be difficult for the scum to evoke the need to warm up. Police and weather were fine.”
Nouvel An : 1.031 voitures brûlées en pendant la nuit du réveillon. Ça va être difficile pour la racaille d’évoquer le besoin de se réchauffer. La Police et la météo étaient cléments. pic.twitter.com/mkJVbsE74G— Philumenae Virginis (@DiamantinaNoite) January 1, 2018
The press likes to hide the perps identity rather than naming them as largely Muslim youth.
The hopelessly politically correct Pollyannas at The Local have even tried to normalize the violence this year with the headline What’s behind the famous French tradition of torching cars? Good grief.
A mass crime performed on a regular basis does not make it a national tradition — yet. Hopefully the French won’t be wishing one another “Happy Arson” any time soon.
However, it is true that New Years car burnings occur regularly in diverse France, as noted on this blog:
Over 1,000 cars torched across France as New Year’s Eve arrests rise, AFP/The Local, January 2, 2018
France saw a jump in arrests on New Year’s Eve as well as an increase in the number of cars torched by vandals, a ritual among revellers in the country’s high-rise suburbs.
The number of vehicles set alight on the night of December 31st climbed from 935 a year ago to 1,031, while arrests rose from 456 to 510, the interior ministry said on Monday.
Violence also marred celebrations in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, where two police officers were attacked by a large group of people at a party.
French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to denounce the “cowardly and criminal lynching of police officers doing their duty” and warned that the culprits would be “found and arrested”.
“I regret that incidents like yesterday can happen but overall people were able to enjoy New Year’s eve in a peaceful manner,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Monday.
Some 140,000 security and emergency forces were deployed across France on New Year’s Eve.
The country has been on alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that have killed 241 since 2015.
So why do the French burn cars anyway?
The custom of setting vehicles alight on New Year’s Eve reportedly began in the east of the country, around Strasbourg, in the 1990s, in the the city’s poorer neighbourhoods.
It was then quickly adopted by youths in cities across the country.