France’s Odd New Year Tradition: Counting Torched Cars

France 24, January 3, 2014

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls held a press conference on Wednesday to report on crime over New Year, and gave the most highly anticipated statistic: the numbers of cars torched during the celebrations.

Highlighting that January 1 was “one of the year’s most important events in terms of pubic security”,Valls also addressed the deaths of three people who were stabbed in separate incidents. The minister then delivered the tally: 1,067 cars were torched across the country the previous evening.

Vehicle arson—mostly confined to disadvantaged suburbs near big cities—has become an embarrassing tradition of bringing in the New Year in France. Furthermore, the public expects to be informed exactly how many cars were set alight, in what could be seen from abroad as a unique and bizarre annual ritual.

Valls was quick to point out that there had been a 10% drop in the number of incidents on last year.

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The infamous custom can be traced to the northeastern city of Strasbourg that straddles France’s border with Germany.

Strasbourg, which hosts thousands of tourists who flock to the city for its renowned Christmas market, first began to be blighted by holiday season vehicle arson in the late 1980s. But the phenomenon exploded to alarming levels during the 1990s.

The year 1997 proved to be decisive. That year the national media descended en mass on the bustling picturesque city following a spree of car burnings, as young vandals from rival housing estates began “competing” for the media spotlight.

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Despite efforts by the police and local bodies, the tradition has not been stamped out. Rather, it has spread across France, with a new peak in New Year’s car burning between 2005 and 2009.

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Car burning is not limited to New Year celebrations in France. Bastille Day, France’s national holiday on July 14, also sees a peak in incidents.

Observers who have studied urban violence in France say youths from poor communities burn cars as a form of protest against the state, who they blame for their lack of economic opportunities.

It is also a direct way for them to defy law enforcement, and provoke confrontations with police.

The spike in New Year’s Eve car arson starting in the mid-2000s is likely related to the wave of urban unrest that gripped France in October and November 2005.

Following the controversial death of two teens in the Parisian suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, young men from disadvantaged districts across the country clashed with police for several nights, burning public buildings and dozens of vehicles each night.

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  • Spartacus

    ….

    • Puggg

      The goal of the Rubic’s Cube is to make it look like the one on the right.

      But Brian Caplan says that we have to force ourselves to like Rubic’s Cubes like those on the left.

      • DNA Explains It All

        They way they are pushing those leftward cubes on us requires lubricant.

        • IstvanIN

          Once an engine overheats enough and siezes all the lubricants in the world won’t get it cranking again. It will just throw a rod threw the block.

        • Erasmus

          I hope someone is getting this all on video. When the country blows up, when we say “I told you so,” we’ll have proof.

    • Magician

      The cube on the right is very orderly

      and the cube on the left is very beautiful and artistic.

      I welcome diversity in talents, opinions, types of foods we eat, sports we can enjoy playing and types of music and movies

      But I despise the following

      – The mainstream media continuously forcing us to have sex with non-whites until we become extinct
      – The mainstream media hiding it whenever blacks commit hate crimes against whites
      – Prestigious schools and large companies giving jobs and admissions to less qualified black candidates instead of well qualified white candidates simply because he or she is black

  • It has to be warm outside to barbecue, but you can car-b-que in any weather.

    • DNA Explains It All

      I am betting even the carbecue is a fair weather endeavor.

    • Erasmus

      Just burning the cars Frenchmen are too lazy to burn.

    • Max Krakah

      I can’t get this Peugeot started! More lighter fuel!

  • Massif1

    “1,067 cars were torched across the country the previous evening. Valls was quick to point out that there had been a 10% drop in the number of incidents on last year.”

    If France didn’t have any Muslims and Africans there would of been zero cars torched.

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      What else is a French car good for?

    • Hunter Morrow

      If it didnt have any jews, nobody would be around to do the torching.

    • DNA Explains It All

      Yeah and if frogs didn’t bump their buts when they hoped, they could RUN.

    • obot

      Where are the left wing enviros? All that burning oil, gas, and metals couldn’t be good for the environment.

  • Oom Paul

    Would it be wrong of me to assume that there are 1067 ex-car owners who will now vote for Marine Le Pen?

    • Oil Can Harry

      Alas, some of the white victims will shake their heads and moan “Those poor disadvantaged youths, suffering under the yokes of institutional racism and white skin privilege,”

      • Oom Paul

        Sadly that would be true with many people. I do however believe(hope) some people start to wake up.

      • Erasmus

        At least some will give LePen a second look. Not all Frenchmen can be so stupid as not to realize what’s happening to their country.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Francois Hollande’s approval rating is somewhere around 20% or so. I feel very strongly that Marine Le Pen will be the next President of France. Maybe, just maybe France will be the guiding light the White race needs to pull ourselves out of this downward spiral (imagine that a White WOMAN leading the way to victory). I’ve always been fascinated with French history and culture. Visiting Paris and Versailles is one of the highlights of my life.

      • PvtCharlieSlate

        Maybe Marine Le Pen and Sarah Palin should get together and compare notes, etc.

        • So CAL Snowman

          Sarah Palin isn’t fit to lick Ms. Le Pen’s boots.

        • jeffaral

          To begin with, Sarah Palin is not even White!

    • Pro_Whitey

      That would be nice. I understand the muslims provided Hollande his margin of victory in the last election. As Steve Sailer points out, what is needed is white solidarity.

      • LeGrandDerangement

        Bloc Identitaire is doing some nice work in France. They staged a protest in Poitiers, where the Muslims planned to erect a mosque. Of course, Poitiers is near where Charles Martel smashed the Moorish advance into Europe in 732 AD. Don’t know what happened to construction plans. They also occupied the Socialist headquarters in Paris.

    • jackryanvb

      Why do this? There must be a French version of race denying libertarians Like Ron and Rand Paul who can lecture the french people that there are too many laws and government regulations against Blacks and Arabs in France, these brown and Black folks in the rough suburban slums are just expressing themselves.

      • François Hollande is as close as it gets to that.

        • M.

          There’s even worse than Hollande. He’s called Jean-Luc Mélenchon, head of the far-left Left Front party.
          Fortunately, his base rarely exceeds 10% of the voters.

  • IstvanIN

    That is a good reason to never buy a Peugeot or Citroen, they have a tendency to spontaneously combust during holidays.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Jew brought in nonwhites did it. Celebrate diversity!

  • Who Me?

    What lovely customs these friendly savages from DIE-verse countries bring with them!

  • Luca

    Perhaps the French should start a new holiday tradition. They should start loading their parked cars with explosives. Sit back on Bastille Day, watch the fireworks, rid France of another welfare recipient and then collect the insurance.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “Vehicle arson—mostly confined to disadvantaged suburbs near big cities”
    —————-
    Yes, those burbs are disadvantaged by the genes of the people who live there.

    • M.

      Good one 🙂

    • bingo

    • DNA Explains It All

      Eloquent and accurate!

  • bigone4u

    As usual, the race, ethnicity, and country of origin of the thugs is not mentioned in the story. Many will read this and not know that it’s the muzzies, blacks, and other assorted riff-raff mystery meat doing the burning. Solution: We have to tell the world on our blogs and with our comments, so the truth becomes known.

    • Erasmus

      No need to describe the riff faff, but I’ll guess at some of their names: Hakim Gauthier, Shakwanna Molyneaux, Abu Bakr Chenier, Jean Pierre Abd-Al Rahim, Fatima Jeantel.

      Am I close?

  • M.

    Something tells me the “disadvantaged youth” looks less like a Jérôme Dupont, and more like a …

  • bilderbuster

    You can take the African out of Africa but you can’t…
    They’re the same way everywhere they go.

  • Geo1metric

    This practice, of course, increase the French car- bon footprint.

  • dd121

    Why would anybody in their right mind consider being “disadvantaged” sufficient justification to commit mayhem?

    • Erasmus

      I’m going to assume yours is a rhetorical question, but if it isn’t, then let me answer succinctly: Because for the last 50 years, politicians of almost every stripe everywhere have been rewarding bad behavior with expensive social programs that help underwrite irresponsibility and social pathology.

      Oh, for a Napoleon, who’d do the right thing and give them a “whiff of grapeshot.”

      • dd121

        Exactly, you filled in the blanks very nicely.

  • jackryanvb

    Devil’s night on Holowean in Detroit in the 1980s….

    The Blacks, Arabs, unter are not that hard to predict.

    Be prepared -get ready to enjoy the Winter Olympics in Putin’s Russia. They don’t have these problems in Putin ‘s Russia.

    • Puggg

      If politically correct London and England could hold an Olympics for two plus weeks without any terrorism, then Putin and Russia should have no problems.

      Just get ready to hear non stop gay from our media next month.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Could we get a count on how many non-Whites there are in France? Oh,that is illegal!Let us extrapolate from minaret roll call and car burn counts.

    • M.

      There’s no official data. But from medical sources, blacks are estimated to make up 3% of the population and Arabs 10%.

      • DNA Explains It All

        And apparently not a spine among them.

      • Magician

        I read that when you walk around Paris roughly 40% are white and in southern areas there is no indigenous white person

        • M.

          It depends on which district of Paris. Blacks and Arabs tend to live segregated from whites. So a heavily populated non-white area is no indicative of the rest of the country. The departments dominated by non-whites are Marseille, Lyon, and Paris.

          The whitest region is Brittany. Ironically, that’s where most of the staunchiest pro-immigration left-wingers hail from.

          • IstvanIN

            The people with the least contact with savages the more they like them. Sort of like the idiots who protect the runaway deer population of NJ, they have never had their car or property destroyed by the rampaging critters.

          • Patterson’s First Axiom at work, again.

          • jeffaral

            Surely you’ve never been in France: Paris looks like Detroit, Marseille like Bagdad. Is France finished? Probably; the reason being that the French -or what is left of them- are the most degenerated among Europeans. French culture? I call it pomposity, sofistication, empty intellectualism, arrogance, superficial ideas, bourgeoisie infatuation. Got it now?

          • M.

            I’ve been to Paris in 2005, and still follow developments there closely since I’m a French-speaker. As I said, some districts (arrondissements, as they call it) of Paris “are” non-white majority, and they do look more “third-worldy” than other areas. But I wouldn’t go so far as to equate them with Detroit or any other third-world area. Or at least, the photos I’ve seen of it. Same for Marseille.
            But if you visit the 8th, 9th, or 16th arrondissements of Paris, you’ll see they’re still majority white, and you’ll feel back in Europe again.

            Also, I don’t see what the French culture has to do with the flood of immigrants. The problem is largely due to a lax immigration policy and a poor enforcement of immigration laws. Especially those concerning the deportation of illegals.

          • jeffaral

            It depends who you consider to be White: If North Africans, Mediterraneans, Armenians (remenber Charles Aznavour?) are Whites, surely there are still a few majority White arrondissements.

          • M.

            No, I do mean European whites, of Germanic, Celtic, and Romanic descent, i.e. those who make the typical Frenchperson of today. And not the Greek, Armenian, Southern Italian type.
            Those are still a majority in some districts of Paris.

            The typical North African (olive/swarthy skin, wooly hair, Semitic nose) is definitely not white. They’re Semites. Very few of them can qualify as white. It’s a shame they’re counted as “Caucasian” in the U.S.

          • Ella

            When did Paris take a turn for the worst? I was in Paris for a week and saw no Blacks or foreigners period. (I must be getting old here.) In fact, I was one of the few tourists at wintertime speaking English and very poor French. I only heard French.

          • M.

            “When did Paris take a turn for the worst?”
            From accounts of friends who live there, I’d say in the late 2000’s. It’s still majority-white overall though. But a very small majority.

          • jeffaral

            I’m sorry to say you’re either lying or you need glasses.

          • Ella

            I toured before they switched to the Euro, so no glasses required yet during my youth. I’m sure the Euro made France unbearably expensive for most Americans to travel .

        • jeffaral

          Surely you’ve never been in France. With a few exceptions, Paris looks like Detroit, Marseille like Bagdad.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Observers who have studied urban violence in France say youths from poor communities burn cars as a form of protest against the state, who they blame for their lack of economic opportunities.

    Of course to the Marxist media, this makes perfect sense.

  • je suis paganisme

    Isn’t there ONE WEIRD TRICK the French could use—the Koreans used it during the LA riots—rifles.

  • TonyWestfield

    I’m feeling waves of giddy affection for the wonderful Orwellian New-speak:
    “urban unrest”
    “disadvantaged districts”
    “disadvantaged suburbs near big cities”
    “young vandals from rival housing estates”

    See, it really CAN happen anywhere. Those rich kids whose houses are “estates” get in on the action as well as their “disadvantaged” counterparts–the “affluenza” expressing itself in a uniquely French manner? This is how 99% of media outlets would have us interpret the story as photos of “the young men” seem to be in short supply.

    • Magician

      Young French men causing chaos in the city

  • Magician

    I am just curious, when those well educated wonderful young “French” men do burn down cars, do they target specific cars? What if they accidentally burn their friend’s car or relative’s car? Yeah sure I know what kind of cars my friends and relatives drive but I have no clue what their plate numbers are and I often see cars identical to what my close ones own.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I bet some of those “French” men purposefully burn cars belonging to other Africans who are from a different tribe than them, or follow a different sect of Islam, or who just dissed them the night before. They don’t even really like their own kind, much less white people.

  • MBlanc46

    “It is also a direct way for them to defy law enforcement, and provoke confrontations with police.”

    In the words of the real Mayor Daley” “Shoot to kill arsonists”.

  • Alexandra1973

    I guess we can say Detroit is the Paris of the west once again, huh?

  • Brian

    FYI: there’s a term for white (actual) French: francois de souche.

    • Alexandra1973

      Would ebonics be francais noir?

      • Brian

        I would say ‘français langue des singes’.

        • Alexandra1973

          Ugh. I need the ASCII number for the cedille.

          (I had a year of French in high school–voluntarily–along with Spanish.)

          M–As for the Moroccan woman, too bad they didn’t tell her to go pound sand. When I think French, I think white.

          • M.

            “I need the ASCII number for the cedille.”

            It’s 128 for the capital letter, and 135 for the small one.

    • M.

      “Français de souche” just means “indigenous Frenchperson.”
      They also say it about other ethnicities: allemand de souche, suédois de souche, etc. But yes, it implicitly means “white Frenchperson”. It usually pisses off the Arabs there when they hear it.

      • LeGrandDerangement

        Et “Quebecois de souche”

    • Magician

      Est-ce que vous etes de Paris?

      • Brian

        Non, je suis américain. Ville d’Atlanta.

  • John K

    They should stop counting burnt cars and start counting the number of Muslims being deported; then they won’t have to worry about burnt cars.

  • LHathaway

    Isn’t France a country that has been ruled by leftists and trade unions for half a century or more?

  • Erasmus

    Let the French establishment (and British, German, English, Spanish, American and Greek) excoriate the “far” right, all they want. Their masks are slipping. More and more people see their emperors have no clothes.

  • Hans Schneider

    France needs more blacks !

  • Truth Teller

    Moroccans and Algerians are very mixed with black. It’s a shame a lot of the purer people of the Middle East were bred out. Original types in the Levant for example would look similar to the Assad family.