A French custom largely unreported in the U.S. press is auto burning. Every night the boisterous youths of the religion of peace burn autos in French cities. This December 31, they burned 1,147.
According to Le Figaro, Sarkozy is taking a hard law and order line on this phenomenon. He wants apprehended incendiaries to be denied their driver’s license until they reimburse the owners or the insurance companies. No other form of punishment is mentioned.
Only four policemen were injured on December 31; they handled the auto burnings diplomatically, so as not to provoke the boisterous youth further.