France's New Year car-burning ritual recedes

Burnt cars collected by city employees after New Year's Eve celebrations are pictured in Strasbourg, France, on January 1, 2013The French government on Thursday reported a 12-percent drop in the number of cars torched on New Year’s Eve – a ritual among revellers in the country’s high-rise suburbs. The number of vehicles set alight on the night of December 31 fell from 1,067 a year ago to 940, the interior ministry said in a statement.

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