Jan 1 2011
Authorities have decided that the number of cars torched overnight this year would NOT be published right away but rather later in the month.
Gee, what genius thought that one up?
FRANCE 24–It happens every year and the unveiling of the nights tally is as traditional as New Years Eve itself: MUSLIM residents of Frances notorious suburbs go on a car-burning spree. The police are determined to stamp out the yearly orgy of vandalism.
Its something of a tradition in France. Every New Years Eve, hundreds of cars are torched by revellers making no point other than wanton destruction. And the announcement of the tally of destruction from New Year’s Eve has become a media tradition in its own right.
In total, 1,137 cars were set alight last year, slightly less that the 1,147 torched in 2009.
But this year the French government is determined to stamp out these scenes of anarchy as part of its highly-publicised campaign against crime. The countrys Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux will be joining the extra 6,000 police officers (800 more than last year) mobilised to deal with the seasonal arson.
French authorities believe that a clever analytical approach could help push down the figures.
Hortefeux announced on Wednesday evening that the number of cars torched overnight would not be published outright. The figures will instead be released later in the month in a bid to stop the unhealthy competition which the authorities believe actually encourages the youths to raise the number of torchings year after year.
The police have also analysed the geography of the last three years arson.
By studying the map of where cars were burned during the last three years we get a fairly good idea of where to place our reinforcements, one Interior Ministry employee told reporters.