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Only 1,067 cars torched in France on New Year's 0

QMI Agency


Rejoice, France. The number of vehicles set ablaze on New Year's Eve in the country was down by 10%, its interior minister says.

Ringing in 2012, the French set 1,193 vehicles on fire across the country, Manuel Valls said during a press conference Wednesday, Le Monde reported. This year, just 1,067 were burned.

The statistics are part of an ongoing trend in France where authorities are seeing fewer vehicle arsons, Valls said, calling the New Year's Eve reduction "significant."

The newspaper France 24 reported torching vehicles has become something of a New Year's Eve tradition in the country, particularly by youths.

No numbers were released under former president Nicolas Sarkozy's government for fear reporting them would see perpetrators trying to outdo each other. The last public figures were released in 2009, when 1,147 vehicles were burned.

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