Just because the French government stopped divulging the number of cars set on fire during New Year's Eve doesn't mean French youth have stopped enjoying the pastime. In 2009, the year before Nicolas Sarkozy took control of Elysées Palace, there were 1,147 cars burned on NYE. This year, the new government of François Hollande – a proponent of transparency in such matters – reports that there were 1,193 cars flambéed a few nights ago.

Some watchers have criticized the French government for going public with the numbers again, saying it only encourages gangs to compete with one another. It is intriguing that there was a four-fold increase after 2008: In 2007 there were 397 cars burned, in 2008 just 372 were torched. However, with suggested reasons for the pyromania including protest, removing the evidence of crimes and false insurance claims (and with the numbers not having changed much from 2009 during three years of silence), "to tell or not to tell" doesn't really appear to have had that much impact on the situation. And that means the Gauls should probably expect more of the same next year, oui?


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      • 2 Years Ago
      Those crazy Islamic Terrorist are ruining France just like they have ruined Dearborn Michigan.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love it, the liberal douchebags at Huffington Post are trying to whitewash this like all leftist media organizations. Have you noticed when the TRUTH about what group is doing this gets mentioned, they delete the post.
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        AOL deleted both of my posts indicating that IT IS MUSLIMS OF ALGERIAN DESCENT WHO ARE TORCHING THESE CARS ANNUALLY.
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          Scary isn't it. People like Arianna Huffington will be forced to be some slave to a man, and live under a burka the rest of her life after they take over. Yet, in their ignorance, they delete our post, and defend Islam. Why, because their Lord God and Savior Obama told them Islam is a religion of Peace.
          Avinash Machado
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD
          Liberals love that religion.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      I predict Dearborn Michigan will soon be a hell hole like all muslim infested cities.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see any meaningful difference between this and "Cash for Clunkers."
      As19
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uncontrolled immigration from the 3rd world countries, will be the last nail to US coffin, as well.
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @As19
        It's not all third world countries, it just the Muslim Terrorist invading France.
        AngeloD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @As19
        So true, IT IS MUSLIMS OF ALGERIAN DESCENT WHO ARE TORCHING THESE CARS ANNUALLY.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @As19
        At least you have that test to get citizenship.
        inthelv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @As19
        Racist much?
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @inthelv
          What "race" is someone that follows the teachings of the Pedophile Muhammad? Blacks in Africa follow the teachings of that Terrorist. Whites in many countries do. Arabs are devote followers and continue that psychopaths ramblings... So again I ask, what makes me a RACIST? I'm guessing YOU are a libitard leftist, and anytime someone has a different point of view from you, you throw out the "RACIST" word.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      People are so stupid. And then they complain when their government deploys surveillance cameras at every corner on every street to monitor the public. Idiots.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      class envy is such an ugly hobby. now even people who own cars are seen as rich, who need to pay.
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        @johnb
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          timber
          • 2 Years Ago
          That was a FIAT (Chrysler owner) A quite old one from the 80s. Looks like a FIAT Tipo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_Tipo
          belfagor
          • 2 Years Ago
          good catch timber, that is indeed a FIAT Tipo
      Duck
      • 2 Years Ago
      The French work best with Roman or German occupation. They are like that lazy employee you have at the office that just needs a boot up the butt every once in a while to stay productive.
      postpast
      • 2 Years Ago
      "in 2008 just 372 were torched". Really, just 372 cars, thats impressive.
      luigi.tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those Islamic terrorist that revel each year and go burn down France should be exported back to their sand box in the middle east.
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog, why don't you mention WHO is torching the cars. Why leave out the most crucial of information. I'm Asian , have cousins in working class neighbourhood of Paris and have been there a few times. The people torching vehicles are primarily of Maghrebian descent, i.e. Muslims of Arab and or Berber ethnicity. Calling them "French" is highly disingenuous, If supporters of the Front Nationale did this, would you not mention it.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shoot. On. Sight.
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