French Car Burning Continues to Rise as Experts Insist the Acts of Arson Are ‘Playful’, Not Political

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
By Paul Martin

by CHRIS TOMLINSON
BreitBart.com
3 Jan 2018

Car burnings have become a tradition across France over New Year’s with the latest figures showing an increase in arson, but some experts claim the motive behind the attacks is simple boredom.

Approximately 1,031 vehicles were set on fire on the night of December 31st and the early hours of the morning of January 1st, up from last year’s 935. The arson attacks have remained a constant feature over New Year’s, Bastille Day celebrations in the summer, and during incidents of civil unrest.

Many have attempted to try and make sense of why the arson attacks keep occurring year after year, often in so-called “Sensitive Urban Zones ” (ZUS).

French Sociologist Michel Wieviorka claims that the acts of vandalism are “above all, playful” and that they do not have a political dimension. “It is very easy, technically, to set a vehicle on fire and run away immediately,” he said and added that there is not much risk of arrest.

According to Wieviorka, the car burnings began in the 1980s and 1990s in Strasbourg and are primarily carried out by urban youth, often from immigrant backgrounds but not exclusively.

“Some also said that these fires were partly caused by people who actually wanted to get rid of a car, get an insurance premium while the vehicle was worthless. But in this case, why would he do it on this occasion and not another? It’s not a very solid reasoning,” he added.

Car insurance premiums in France tend to be much more expensive in areas that see a high level of car burnings than in those which do not.

This year the Île-de-France region, where Paris and its no-go suburbs is located, saw 250 car burnings. Île-de-France is one of the most expensive places to get insurance for a vehicle, according to French insurance comparison website Les Furets.

The area of Seine-Saint-Denis, often described as one of France’s major no-go zones, is the most expensive in the entire country, while Britanny, which saw only five cars burned, has the lowest insurance rate.

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One Response to “French Car Burning Continues to Rise as Experts Insist the Acts of Arson Are ‘Playful’, Not Political”

  1. Manny

    Boys will be boys eh??? Yuh gotta give the french credit where credit is due. Were it not for MRS PRESIDENT of france nothing would get done cause since WW2 there hasn’t been a pair of balls in france, and will not be until they pull out of the EU.

    #3515308

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