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Thousands of Cars Torched in French New Year Revels

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PARIS (Sputnik) – Mass disorders erupted on New Year’s night in France leaving more than 1,000 cars burnt, the country’s Interior Ministry said in a statement.

“As it happens every year, there were some disorders: 1,031 cars were burnt … The figure is lower than in 2012 and 2013 – 1,193 and 1,067 [respectively] but a bit higher than last year’s [figure] – 932,” the statement said on Monday.

A total of 510 people were detained on New Year’s night, which is also more than in 2016 when 454 people were detained.

​The disorders also left eight police officers and three servicemen injured.

Security in France on New Year’s night was ensured by 140,000 police officers, gendarmes, servicemen and firefighters.

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