I think the French must have some rather peculiar definitions of a “major incident”, if this report is anything to go by.
Vandals in France torched 945 parked cars over New Year’s Eve in an arson rampage that has become a sinister annual “tradition” and amid a row over whether the government had sought to play down the figures.
According to the French interior ministry, the total of 945, which included cars that were either “totally destroyed” or “more lightly affected”, amounted to a 17 per cent rise compared to last year.
Despite this, New Year’s Eve “went off without any major incident”, the interior ministry insisted in a statement, adding that there were only “a few troubles with public order”.
In fact, police arrested 454 people over the night, 301 of whom were taken into custody.
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The custom of setting vehicles alight on New Year’s Eve is said to have kicked off around Strasbourg, eastern France in the 1990s, in the city’s deprived, high-immigrant districts.
It quickly caught on among disaffected youths in cities across the country, and is seen by some as a litmus test of general social unrest.
There’s more at the link.
The phrase ‘deprived, high-immigrant districts’ refers, of course, to the infamous banlieues, hotbeds of unassimilated Arab and Islamic immigration and – as tragically demonstrated over the past couple of years – offering relatively safe haven for Muslim fundamentalist terrorists.
All I can say is, if a group like Black Lives Matter, or illegal South American aliens, were to torch 945 cars across the USA on New Years Eve, the uproar would be deafening. Many police forces would today be facing withering criticism for their failure to protect private property, and some of their administrators would probably lose their jobs over their incompetence. Many private citizens are likely to have taken steps to defend their own vehicles, with the probable result that several of the perpetrators would now be cooling off in the morgue – and much of the rest of the country would be applauding.
“Without any major incident”, eh? I suppose that depends on what you define as a major incident; and that, in turn, depends on the extent to which political correctness has infiltrated your national, regional and local administrations, and rendered them lame ducks. Please God, we haven’t gone that far down that road in this country . . . at least, not yet.
Driving a private vehicle in Europe still has the feeling of privilege. I am sure the owners will protest to the Gov and then deal with the insurance company.
In the US you'd have the marches against the "racists" who used Ugly Black Rifles and took out the "misguided youths" that were trying to exercise their First Amendment rights by torching them polluting vehicles.
I wonder what Patrick Calvar's- (Head of DGSI) opinion is now. In July he said France was on the verge of civil war:
The French need to sack up and find some of that ruthless bloodlust they've used to great effect in the past. Start building guillotines by the hundreds and throw a few hundred in handcuffs into the seine (again) and watch the stampede southward. The invaders will be clambering onto anything that will float again but this time they'll be heading back across the med where they belong.
Many police forces would today be facing withering criticism for their failure to protect private property, and some of their administrators would probably lose their jobs over their incompetence.*
Many private citizens are likely to have taken steps to defend their own vehicles, with the probable result that several of the perpetrators would now be cooling off in the morgue….
Probably damn few of the first and a lot of the second. Which would lead to the third: Being Proactive Against Threats. It is entirely possible that events such as you describe would produce that result, and that's a place the perps should put some effort into avoiding.
* Very funny, Peter; when have you ever seen anyone in a cop shop lose their job over incompetence? As long as they "followed policy" they're golden.
And allowing them to 'vent their frustrations' will cause them to stop this behavior ? Perhaps the vehicle owners should torch the arsonists homes to allow them closure as well. Fair is fair.
And, from what I've been told by some French folks, cars and driving are a government granted privilege and if the government allows a car-b-que, well, the owners just had their ownership privileges rescinded, so they can take the bus and train like ordinary people do. (Not sure if most French have that attitude, but certainly the people I chatted with did.)
Adjusted for population, 1,000 in France would be equivalent of 6,000 here. That's a couple hundred each in the top 20 cities.
Yeah, people would go ballistic.
Emphasis on "ballistic".
I just have learned that during 2016 372 cars were torched in Berlin, twice as much as in 2015. Berlin is not only the largest German city, known for a incompetent public administration, but also a hotbed of radicalism, anarchism and political correctness. Since the 1960s a certain kind of folks left their "rural/conservative/boring" small towns and moved to Berlin to "live their dream".
I left that city after we got two kids. Didn't want them to grow up amidst dirt, graffiti, drugs and crime etc.
I had a good laugh imagining that car owners in Berlin would be armed and go "ballistic" there. Won't happen…..