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‘Youths’ Set Fire To 1,147 Cars In France

From those defenders of the faith at the Agence France-Pressee:

Car bodies which were set ablaze on New Year’s Eve are stacked in the Strasbourg municipal pound on January 1, 2009.

280 Held, More Than 1,000 Cars Burned In French Celebrations

Thursday January 1st, 2009

PARIS (AFP)–More than 280 people were detained and more than 1,000 cars torched during New Year celebrations across France, mostly in its troubled suburbs, the interior ministry said Thursday.

Four police officials were slightly injured, according to the interior ministry, which said its security forces "were of the unanimous view" that New Year’s Eve was "rather calm and without major incident."

The interior ministry had earlier said 445 vehicles were set on fire overnight, but later revised that figure to 1,147.

The number of arrests and cars torched topped last year’s tally of 259 people detained and 372 vehicles burned.

"There were very few targetings of fire trucks and clashes with security forces, in particular in the suburbs," noted the interior ministry in a statement.

When clashes occurred, they were "brief and sporadic," it added. There was no damage to buildings…

The areas are home to rundown housing estates where unemployment runs high and young descendants of African and Arab immigrants say they feel left out of mainstream French society

France mobilized 35,000 police and 50,000 firefighters to maintain order during the New Year fete…

So according to France’s “security forces” their New Year’s eve was “rather clam and without major incident.”

Note too that there were “very few… clashes with security forces.” In other words, the police hid out.

Perhaps they deserve their fate.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “‘Youths’ Set Fire To 1,147 Cars In France”

  1. rakkasan says:

    The French government is a lot like ours – naive and suicidal to the nation-state. Thanks for keeping us abreast, Steve.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Kis will be kids. I like how they stacked the cars like wooden pyres / lincoln logs. France does have its hands full with their immigrants. Anyone wonder how many are there illegally and if so, how the French deal with them? Please feel free to loot and burn our cities?

  3. 1sttofight says:

    Meanwhile in my neck of the woods, The Roudy Baptist Youth swilled a few beers set off a few fireworks at midnight, and then went to bed.

    Totaly out of control.

    BTW, I am cooking hog jowls, blackeyed peas, turnip greens and corn fritters as I type.

    Happy New Year to everyone.

  4. proreason says:

    But France has already told Iran they will nuke em if threatened.

    The reputation of the French today is they are panty-waists, but historically, they have been a fierce people. Clovis, Charlemagne, Medieval Kings, Napolean, DeGaul.

    And they are nearly as advanced technology-wise as we are.

    A day will come (soon) when there will be a civil war in France.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Yute?! What’s a Yute?

  6. frenchpesant says:

    I actually live in france, unlike most of the readers of this blog. I can tell you, that the suburbs are so seperated from paris, or indeed the rest of french society, that we weren’t even aware a tire got slashed, let alone a car burned.

    I think that’s already quite sad. The fact that we can live in parallel worlds. The vast majority of the French are trying to pretend the thugs don’t exist. The thugs want our attention. But society is so racially mixed and integrated , contrary to the US, where ghettos are more or less the property of blacks and somewhat latinos, that there is no way to resolve this issue.

    While the french suburb consists of mostly arab and black kids, a typical stroll through downtown paris reveals that the work force is totally integrated. This means that for every arab and black living in a suburb, there is a black and an arab living in a decent middle class neighbourhood. So in the end, the problem appears to be racial – but is it?

    This is one of the biggest issues and dilemas of France. Identifying and understanding the problem. While many think racism is indeed the reason for these “protests” others don’t buy that, and state that its a cultural issue – that these arab and black families are those who failed and didn’t make it, and are now perpetually stuck in a low-class culture which keeps them down. Either way, the racial aspect still remains strong, as middle class blacks and arabs don’t do enough, to praise France, and to send a different message about their country, to the country and the world.

    In the end, its not something easily discussed in French society. Its exactly the same as talking about racial issues in America.

    • alexf says:

      French “peasants” if they’re not suicidal and don’t want to lose their country must revolt and demand three things:
      1. Stop uncontrolled immigration
      2. Cut welfare state and specifically stop rewarding high birthrates among immigrants (i.e., “pay per child” system)
      3. Get trade unions under control (through like “right to work” provision) and increase competitiveness of the economy

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    Hey, Mr. French. I think I can sum up the problem facing the French with one Reagan quote.

    “The scariest sentance in the English language is “Hi, I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

    Unlike the 19th & early 20th Century American System, which was Welcome to American. GET A JOB!, the French & every other western populist leaning government system created there own “sub class” by keeping them down with subsidies.

    Politicians like the current American leadership who are “here to help” are creating their own ruling class through coddling their citizens – not to mention – industry & banking – through scraps from their table.

    The longer it goes on, the worse the correction will be. Good Luck!

  8. Icarus says:

    This can’t be good for the environment.

  9. Confucius says:

    French cars suck. Wouldn’t you torch it if you had one?

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