Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year's Eve In France

Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, or maybe I'm just a crass American. I don't quite get how some people celebrate holidays by setting cars on fire. On the other hand, I'm not surprised to see the media referring to arsonists as "rowdy revelers".

Rowdy revelers in France torched 425 vehicles overnight in scattered New Year's Eve unrest that has become an annual problem in troubled neighborhoods, the national police chief said Sunday. Last year, 333 cars were burned.

Police Chief Michel Gaudin also said there were no major clashes this year between youths and police overnight. Police were particularly vigilant this time because of the three weeks of rioting and arson that took place in October.
425 cars burned on a night when police were "particularly vigilant". Thanks to Inspector Clouseau.