Friday, January 2, 2009

Hey France...Happy Freakin' New Year!

And I see you Frenchies are back to ringing in the New Year in a way that is"French":

REUTERS - The French press reported that the Interior Ministry released a final "verified" count of 1,147 vehicles burned in France over New Year's Eve. The number is up 30.64% from last year's total, 878.

Car burnings are regular occurrences in France but the registering the New Year's Eve total has become something of a tradition since they achieved symbolic status in the violent rioting that shook many of the country's poor suburbs in 2005.

There were around 50 burnings in the eastern city of Strasbourg, where police made 17arrests, including four people caught while setting fire to cars.


And now these French lads have turned to setting fire to buildings and using explosives too. And neither the French authorities or the press can put their fingers on the cause:

Officials were also on guard against possible attacks after five sticks of dynamite were left in a Paris department store just before Christmas by a so-far unidentified group demanding a withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.

"There were few 'contacts' with police, gendarmes and fire services but an increase in the number of burnings for which we don't have an explanation at the moment," the official said.

Anyone out there have an explanation for this sudden rise in rage-filled incendiary behavior? The French need your help.

H/T: Ace...whose own post is completely bereft of possible explanations.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Nigel. Hope your Christmas was stellar, too.

Have you and your fiance set a date?

Keep me posted,


B Smith said...

Hmmm. Wonder how many of those arrested are Muslims? France being so careful to foster 'diversity', the officials probably never asked themselves that (or weren't ALLOWED to ask).
One big clue is the group that demanded withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan, the ONLY 'explanation' cited in the article.

Oh, What could it all mean?

Nigel said...

Wait. B.Smith, you aren't suggesting that peaceful Musleems are to blame for the violence in France?

I'm sure that if it were the Musleems, the press and the authorities would have suggested as much.


B Smith said...

Well, I have a friend who lived in France for several years (she's back in the USA now), and she reports that there's a huge anti-Muslim sentiment among the Frog ultra-nationalists, who seem to want to preserve some of their national identity. Actually, they resent the loss of French culture to ANY outside influence, USA included, but there's not much of an influx of Americans in France, except for a few pesky tourists who haven't gotten the message (or have ignored it in preference to the historical, 'romantic' image of yore).
IOW, if it's not the Muslims actually perpetrating, it's the people who want them gone, or at least want them to respect French culture, instead of moving there and demanding that France accomodate theirs. Sound familiar?