Hundreds of Cars Torched in French New Year ‘Tradition’

France 24, January 2, 2013

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday that 1,193 vehicles were torched by French youths overnight in what has become a dubious New Year’s Eve tradition.

Hundreds of empty, parked cars go up in flames in France each New Year’s Eve, set afire by young revelers, a much lamented tradition that remained intact this year with 1,193 vehicles burned, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday.

His announcement was the first time in three years that such figures have been released. The conservative government of former President Nicolas Sarkozy had decided to stop publishing them in a bid to reduce the crime—and not play into the hands of car-torching youths who try to outdo each other.

France’s current Socialist government decided otherwise, deeming total transparency the best method, and the rate of burned cars apparently remained steady. On Dec. 31, 2009, the last public figure available, 1,147 vehicles were burned.

Like many countries, France sees cars set on fire during the year for many reasons, including gangs hiding clues of their crimes and people making false insurance claims.

But car-torching took a new step in France when it became a way to mark the arrival of the New Year. The practice reportedly began in earnest among youths—often in poor neighborhoods—in the 1990s in the region around Strasbourg in eastern France.

It also became a voice of protest during the fiery unrest by despairing youths from housing projects that swept France in the fall of 2005. At the time, police counted 8,810 vehicles burned in less than three weeks.

Yet even then, cars were not burned in big cities like Paris, and that remained the case this New Year’s Eve. Minister Valls said the Paris suburban region of Seine-Saint-Denis, where the 2005 unrest started, led the nation for torched cars, followed by two eastern regions around Strasbourg.

For some, the decision to tell the public how many cars have been burned on New Year’s Eve is a mistake.

Bruno Beschizza, the national secretary for security matters in Sarkozy’s UMP party, said on iTele TV that publishing the numbers motivates youths to commit such crimes. “We know that neighborhoods compete,” he said. Gang rivalries center on who can torch the most cars, with claims made on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, he said.

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  • Car-B-Que, the new “French” culinary tradition. When it first started, because most of the “chefs” were Muslim, there was an easy temptation to chalk this new “tradition” up to religion. When in reality I think they were race riots all along.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Well to be fair these muzzies never had cars to burn in their middle east paradises, so naturally they think things filled with gas are meant to be burned.

      • rebelcelt

        Their middle east paradises police would shoot them dead in the streets if they acted that way there.Western traditions are incapableof dealing with third world criminals.Our jails are too comfortable and they do not mind sex with other men.

        • FourFooted_Messiah

          Or boys. Remember, in Islam, women are for breeding, boys are for fun.

          • Just in case anyone is wondering, Car-B-Que is not on the menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, special or otherwise, in the bar and grill in which I work. And I have no good recipe for it.

    • Robert Binion

      More white privilege–we dine on delicacies while they subsist on Thunderbird Stew.

  • ArmenianWN

    Can someone please explain to me why the French (or anyone) would think that the presence of a huge number of Muslims would benefit the society? In my country of Armenia we also have similar problems.

    • We all wish we knew the answer to that question.

    • The__Bobster

      If one is trying to destroy a society, muzzies are very useful.

      • Bernie Goldstein

        The society destroyers love to use muslims, blacks, and Mexicans to do their dirty work.

        • Jackryanvb

          Agreed. Please try to work with your own people/tribe to change their overwhelming support for Muslim immigration in to White countries.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        Yes. muzzies are definitely like burning crusade – bent only on destruction.

        We can say muzzies here? Then why does the word “paki” get normalized?

        • I am of the understanding that “Paki” is a mild pejorative while “Muzzie” is just a fancy contraction.

    • So CAL Snowman

      It’s called Indoctrination by the Main Stream Media and it’s the most powerful tool in the Globalists Banker’s toolbox.

      “The press is our chief ideological weapon”
      – Nikita Khrushchev

    • guest

      That’s what we ask ourselves everyday. All we ever hear is how multiculturalism is our greatest strength, repeated over and over like a broken record. But even if we do ask those who support this type of madness, they never give us a straightforward answer. Instead, they resort to leftist name-calling like “racist” and “hatemonger”.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      oops, I confused armenians with albanians, nasty comment rescinded. You are the folks that the Turks tried to get rid of. Well, good luck on your case, but you don’t have a hope in hell.

  • IstvanIN

    Which cars burn best: Renaults, Peugeots or Citroens?

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Alfa Romeos.

  • Ulick

    The real French youths should be the ones in despair. Afterall, they’re the youth that had their country and culture sold out from underneath them.

  • Tim

    Are there any Bugatti owners needing asylum in my garage?

  • Barrack Osama

    When one thinks of France, of course the first image that pops into one’s head is of roving bands of foreign “youths” burning cars.

    The Eiffel Tower, the troubadour at the street corner in a rustic French town… these things “never existed”. Just like 1950’s America, France never had a culture before “diversity” enriched those boring old whitey whites.

    • Guest

      It’s so sad. I have to go to Cracker Barrel to see remnants of white culture. Why did we let this happen to our grandchildren?

      • saxonsun

        Your question reminds me of a Madmen episode–the one where one of the men has a black girlfriend and goes to the South with her to do the civil rights thing. That’s how it happened–white men thinking they had some duty to blacks.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        Dunno cracker barrel, but Mother’s Pizza used to have awesome old-time movie photos in their sit-down restaurants. I used to love sitting next to Humphrey Bogart, he is so smexy. mm. Hmphery Bogart. Yum.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Oh, lord, is that what they think? The French (those in France and our Quebecois) do have their own history and culture, and left is even trying to take that away from them?

  • zone

    Detroit used to have its annual Halloween “Devils night” until what was once called “The Paris of the West” became Today’s ruin. Is this reciprocal action going to continue until Paris becomes a Detroit of the East?

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Well, years ago the Detroit media tried to start calling devil’s night “Angel’s Night”, urging people to do good. Pfft. Devil’s Night was when you pulled pranks, only to beg for candy at the same house the next night, on Halloween. And if the homeowner was still a jerk, his house would again be soaped, egged, or TP’d.

      Next halloween, I’d like to go back to the town where my ex is stuck and pull pranks on his house on Devil’s Night. Soap, eggs, tp, the whole deal. And then blow town as soon as I am done. Then visit another town with idiot welfare bitches who would not help my current just because he isn’t an immigrant, and soap their windows and stuff.

      It’s childish, but fulfilling.

  • Laager

    This is what happens when you force a foreign custom like fireworks displays onto poor 3rd world “youth” immigrant populations. They are too poor to buy their own fireworks and when there is no municipal financed show to watch they do the next best thing – burn any old whiteys car.
    Happy New Year!

  • Winston_Jack

    HUNDREDS OF CARS TORCHED says the headlines, so I was thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 300-500 or so. Then the article says it was actually 1,193! Maybe I’m just looking in a bit too close here, but why not say “1100+ cars torched” or something closer to the nature of the actual number? Another attempt to downplay things perhaps?

  • Guess this is the best topic to wish all Amren readers a happy Granada Day! Hope the French get one of their own soon, as well.

  • Sloppo

    I suppose if we sent a boat load of chimpanzees to China and they got there and started destroying the place, we’d call them “despairing Chinese youths”.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      In China we would find a large number of ball clutching Chimps. I think that I hate Chimps because they remind me so much of Moolies.

      • LaSantaHermandad

        I meant to say “Dead ball clutching Chimps”

    • Michael_C_Scott

      No, we’d call them “dead” after the People’s Liberation Army was finished with them.

      • Sloppo

        True. People can legitimately criticize the Chinese government for being brutal and oppressive, but their policies are planned for the preservation of the Chinese nation.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          It’s not just the People’s Republic. Remember Michael Faye, an American teenager who was caught spray-painting cars in Singapore? He was caned for it. The rattan cane for this punishment is given a prolonged soak in water to prevent it from splitting because the guy who swings the cane in Singapore is some heinous martial arts type, and the cane-ee is strapped into a frame to keep him in a fixed position. There is also a death penalty for simple possession of illegal narcotics in Singapore.

          When I was in grad school at UNSW Sydney, some Australian druggies were executed by hanging for narcotics in Malaysia. When the Australian government objected, the Malays said “Send us some more”.

          In Sao Paulo and other crime-infested hell-holes, Brazilian police routinely sweep through areas and shoot feral teenagers. I remember being amazed when I saw this, not for the practice itself, but for the fact that the Brazilian cops were still using the antique and wonderful Danish-made Madsen machinegun.

          Of course one need not wonder what Saudi Arabia would do if groups of feral black Muslims torched cars there during the Haj pilgrimage; the penalty for arson (and many other things) there is public beheading.

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            I would gladly slit the throat of anyone who would kill me for simple possesion of the flowers of a plant.

            If immigrants are given some sort of drug rights over Canadian potheads, yeah, I will go to private war.

            You somalis want your khat legal? wait in line or be sliced.

          • Michael_C_Scott

            I voted for marijuana legalization in Colorado last November, which passed. In my opinion (your mileage may vary), this will allow police to focus their efforts on more destructive drugs, like crack, meth, and Rx abuse of stuff like Oxycodone.

  • Non Humans

    Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I think that if the “Youfs” are going to set the French taxpayers cars alight in celebration of the Ney Year, that it would be justified for the French LEO’s to set the French Ghettos alight for the New Year.
    It would be a Resolution and a Celebration, concurrently!!

    • Michael_C_Scott

      That wouldn’t be necessary; just hand the Securite lots of live ammo and tell them the gloves are off.

  • Pelayo

    How about a ” shoot on sight warning to anyone who is seen torching a car? I’m starting to believe that God created some people and that Satan created others.

  • nexus

    seems that’d be simple to fix.. we have “Bait cars” here.. the French version would be a car-bomb with a detonator set to go off when temperature in the car spkies suddenly.. after a few “boisterous youths” got charcoaled, I can safely say the enthusiasm for arson will drop FAST.

    • nexus


    • Michael_C_Scott

      That wouldn’t be hard. One would use electrical detonation with a coiled, bimetallic strip as the movable contact.

      • spectator

        But then one of “Obama’s sons” may have their carreer as brain surgeon or astronaut destroyed because he was *just* turning his live around when he was burning that car.

        • Magician

          Hahahahhahahaha 🙂

          And white liberals around the world will scream,
          “Evil white people killed harmless youths who were simply having fun torching a few random cars!!”

  • sad star

    I am just wondering if the harmless wonderful youths are targeting white people’s cars specifically, or they

    It is not like each car in France has “the owner of this car is a white (or black or Asian) person” written on them

  • Lygeia

    Oh those wacky Muslims! Engaging in culturally enriching high jinks to welcome in the new year! Let’s applaud them for their pyrotechnic skills. These disaffected youths have found a way to highlight (yes, pun intended) their poverty by setting cars on fire!

    Let’s pat them on the back for destroying the vehicles that hardworking French people need to get to their jobs. So diverse and colorful. Let’s import more of them into the country while lugabeds like Brigitte Bardot and Gerard Depardieu exit the country for Russia. Good riddance I say, the Russians always did admire French culture. May Kiev become the new Paris and Paris the new Islamabad!

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      They have the money to move, and are probably smart for doing so. John Cleese also left England for Sweden or some such, because England was no longer recognizable to him.

      I mean, really, the Muslims would burn Ms Bardot at the stake for appearing in a skimpy fur bikini in that one movie.

      Mm, I just googled ms Bardot and found out her protest is apparently against elephants with tb that are to be put down.

      Well, hell, if we don`t kill prospective immigrants who have tb, why should we kill elephants over it.

      Kill the blacks who bring it in by the boatload first, and then we might not be bothered by the killing of elephants for having it.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    those ain`t `French`youths.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Speaking of despairing youth; I am still looking through my copy of “The Grapes of Wrath” to see where the Joad family went on a car burning spree.