I predicted more than 1,250 cars burned in France over New Year’s Eve. Well, I was way off… Only 900 odd went up in flames.
The number of vehicles torched across France on this New Year eve has fallen to 940 – a “significant” 12 percent decrease compared to 1,067 cars set aflame the year before, according to the country’s Interior Ministry…
…The increased police presence across the country has allowed to prevent any major incidents, the ministry added. Some 55,000 police officers and 38,000 firefighters were mobilized on New Year’s Eve, with 1,700 deployed in Paris alone – where hundreds of thousands of peaceful French welcomed 2015 at the Champs-Elysees.
I guess those 55,000 police weren’t as ineffective as I expected.
Only 940 cars burned then… a good result for the civilised. Perhaps next year they can deploy 70,000 police and get the car burnings down to 700 odd. Good work everybody!
1. Perhaps the car burnings were neo-Keynesian economic policy the whole time… I wonder what the stats for Police employment look like since 2005? For it to really work they need to burn cars all year round.