Hollande looks on as car burns to smithereens.
Pierre Henry Brandet, a spokesman for the French interior ministry, said: “Once again this year, the overall number of vehicles burned demonstrates that, however intolerable, the phenomenon is contained”.
In reality, 454 people were arrested by police throughout the night of New Year’s Eve and 301 of them were taken into custody.
Marine Le Pen’s National Front far-right party immediately condemned the French government for providing the figures that were “extremely hazy”.
Mr Brandet added: “There is absolutely no attempt at hiding anything. You have to look at the trend over several years, and what is significant is that there has been a significant drop over five years.
“These incidents are not tolerable and the perpetrators must be found and answer for their acts before justice.”
Pierre Henry Brandet, French interior ministry spokesman boasted that France had a peaceful NYE.
The custom of setting vehicles alight on New Year’s Eve is said to have kicked off in the highly deprived and immigrant areas of Strasbourg, Germany and eastern France during the 1990’s.
This year, a firefighter in the eastern department of Ain was injured as he tried to extinguish a burning car.
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