France: 874 cars set on fire on New Year’s Eve

For 24 years it has been a “tradition” to set cars on fire on New Year’s Eve, and in 2021 was no exception since 874 cars were burned during the first day of the new year.

In 2007 397 vehicles were burned, while in 2008 372 were burned. In 2013 1,193 cars were burned, in 2014 1,067 cars were engulfed in flames, in 2015 the number decreased to 940, while in 2016 to “just” 602. In 2017 the number increased to 945 cars, in 2018 1,290 cars were consumed by fire, in 2019 1,457 cars were burned, while in 2020 861 cars were engulfed in flames.

There are different perpetrators behind the arsons: young rebels, criminals who want to cover up illegal acts, and even landlords who want to defraud insurance companies.

The French government tried to contain the fires for another year, sending thousands of police to the streets from 6 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1, with most cars burning on the outskirts of Paris and in eastern France. .

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