Just another reason to love France.
It is reported widely in France that the country will deploy extra police and keep vandalism statistics under wraps on New Year's Eve to fight what authorities say has become an annual sweepstakes of disaffected youths competing to see who can burn the most cars.
Hey, beats eating snails.
Youths in depressed suburbs of French cities have been torching hundreds of vehicles on New Year's Eve and Bastille Day since the early 1990s. Police say the annual rite has turned competitive, with youths tracking the news in the first days of the new year to see which neighborhood did the most damage.
Wait til ESPN finds out about this.
Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said "I have decided to put an end to the competition, the sweepstakes, and will longer publish the number of burned vehicles."
Last year, the Interior Ministry said 1,137 cars had been torched, a 30 percent rise on 2008. French media reported at the time that several thousand cars had been burned.
Car B Ques.