• Jan 4, 2008
Automobile flambé is a familiar dish in France, where rioters, protesters and revelers seemingly use any occasion involving large congregations of people to torch whatever cars happen to be in the vicinity. Apparently, New Year's Eve is always good for a spike in car-burning incidents, but this year authorities were prepared. "Only" 372 cars were transformed into funeral pyres compared to last year when 397 rides met their makers. In some regions, the sale of fuel canisters was actually halted during the runup to New Year's Eve. Who wins here? We'd say it's salesmen for Peugeot, Renault, and Citroën. After all, as of Tuesday, there were at least 372 people who had to go car shopping this week. Bummer for them, bully for the French auto industry!
[Source: Reuters]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know about you, but I'd be standing on top of my car and blasting away any rioter that got near it with my AR-15. Are the French really that complacent? Do they not even care that their country is becoming increasingly worthless?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, like they would allow guns in that country.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know I'd never trust a Frenchman with a gun.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think Jean Reno is the only frenchman allowed to carry and use a firearm.
        • 7 Years Ago
        stealth: of course you could trust a Frenchman with your gun, he wouldn't know what to do with it.

        parallel joke: I know this guy who has a mint French rifle for sale - dropped once, but never fired.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First, it was french 'youths' (AKA muslums). Second, France has averaged more than 100 car torchings per night for the last year.
        • 7 Years Ago
        1st: It's spelled "Muslims."

        2nd: That's a horrible thing to say. I'm not trying to start a flame war or anything, but please try to use a stricter filter between your brain and your hands.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Farris: What was horrible about what Mike said? The fact that it really is Muslims who perpetrate such acts on their "adopted" (cough, cough) countries or the fact that what he said was true?

        Yours, truly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well as they say in Europe you either "work to live or live to work." I'd much rather it be the former but many in this country have been duped by their employers and a culture of consumption and personal debt to believe the latter is better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lets look past any specific ethnic identity for a moment- According to several posters who are very familiar with the scenario, these vandalous crimes are perpetrated by members of an economically dis-advantaged, ethnic minority. So you have a terribly frustrated and angry populace just lashing out at anything they can, because they don't know any better. Sounds like they need to get their butts to church. Or to Mosque. Or Temple.
      I suppose, all I can do is the Christian thing, and pray for their troubled souls.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It seems that the average French citizen spends his/her day protesting, avoiding hard work, downing copious amounts of win, and burn a few cars in the evening. But only after making love.

      (note- this isn't serious. If you do actually look at this seriously, call a doctor)

      But on a more serious note, you'd think the French would actually be happy with their socialized public services. But it seems like something as minor as a fender-bender with a police car will trigger mass rioting/looting nowadays..

      • 7 Years Ago
      Please stop taring all the Muslims with the same brush! I've well-integrated muslim friends who work hard and succeed (I'm an atheist with a Catholic background of which I'm proud). It seems that the internet is a den of paranoiacs who look forward to feeding their hate: fortunately, this in not the case "in real life" (with a few exceptions of course, typically ppl that never go out but rot watching the TV news all day long). Riots and burning cars are the fact of an obvious minority (drug dealers that galvanize their troops to keep the police out of their zone) which is all but representative of the silent majority: you do not need 2 millions Muslims to burn all the cars that have ever been burnt in France. We don't need guns to stop those malicious arsons, but an efficient Police. That's all. As for the US, would it be OK in any civilized country to shoot dead someone who burnt your car?

      The mass media (whatever nationality) are always successful when is comes to make minor issues sensational. It's like the image illustrating the article: France on fire because of 372 cars out of about 36,500,000 ? Come on!

      Oh, and the market share of French carmakers is gently decreasing in France (went under the 50% mark last year), so it's more likely Hyundai, Kia or Mazda that will benefit from that. And those are not Muslim makes... ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love how liberals put a spin on the riots "it's just a few drug dealers who want to keep police out of there "
      What?? wake up moron. A couple 100,000 non drug smoking muslims spent 3 months burning down part of France! Liberals have an agenda, and that is more multiculturalism. Period. And it doesn't work anywhere in the world very well (see France). And car burning riots slow down liberals agendas, so they put a spin on it to down play it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they worked as hard as they do Rioting every month- their economy would actually be great. And unemployment would drop below double digits for once.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well I hope they provide the ingredients to make Smores for all of these fires. At least they could enjoy a sweet snack during the flambe. I wonder how many of the french automotive manufacturers are handing out free gas cans and Bic lighters in the inner city every evening. Sound like one heck of a sales incentive program to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well I guess automakers must love France where people go through cars much faster!

      And the French really need something to do since they don't need to worry about health insurance, education expenses.............
      • 7 Years Ago
      So how many do we have in the US?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah yes - what a great French pastime! Make some love, burn some cars...
        • 7 Years Ago
        They DO have guns there. During some rioting last month, some of the "youths" were shooting the riot police with shotguns.
      • 7 Years Ago
      READ THIS !!!!!!
      It is not the French burning cars !! It is the MUSLIMS in France doing this..America needs to take notice because this will happen here in a few years...Open your eyes!!!The Muslims in France have no jobs because they do not want to fit in,learn the language sound familar?The political correctness is going to kill us,time to stop it now!! Muslim does not equal peace,if so they have a real violent way of showing it!!Screw Mohammed the monkey or is it a cartoon or a bear?Oh look out suicide bombers everywhere now!!!Morons!!!Peaceful I highly doubt it !!
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