New Year vandals torch 333 cars across France

3rd January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 2 (AFP) - Vandals torched a total of 333 cars in France during New Year's celebrations, according to official figures released at the weekend - an unpleasant annual tradition that is not seen anywhere else in Europe.

PARIS, Jan 2 (AFP) - Vandals torched a total of 333 cars in France during New Year's celebrations, according to official figures released at the weekend - an unpleasant annual tradition that is not seen anywhere else in Europe.  

The total was up nine from last year, prompting the interior ministry to note a "stability in the phenomena of urban violence".  

More than 270 people were detained for questioning in connection with the blazes, while 19 police officers were slightly injured.  

In nearly all cases, the arson attacks came in what the government considers to be "difficult" areas on the outskirts of Paris, the eastern city of Strasbourg and its suburbs.  

France is the only country in Europe where torching cars has become a New Year's custom, according to data collected by AFP's bureaux across the continent.  

French sociologist Michel Wieviorka explained the violence as a "response from victims of social exclusion to our society of consumption".

© AFP

Subject: French News

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