France to ignore New Year car burning tradition

MAISONS-ALFORT – France will no longer announce how many cars are burned in traditional New Year’s Eve vandalism, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux announced on Wednesday.

The tally of cars torched in last year’s New Year mischief in France was put at 1,137, with a similar number — 1,147 — destroyed in 2008.

The minister, speaking during a visit to meet firefighters at Maisons-Alfort on the outskirts of Paris, said: “I have taken the decision to put an end to the competition… and to no longer communicate the number of burned vehicles.”

Instead, the number would be included as part of annual vandalism figures.

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