France: 874 cars torched during New Year's Eve "celebrations"

A total of 874 cars have been set alight during New Year's Eve celebrations in France, according to police. However, the number was reportedly lower than in 2019. Authorities also reported a rise in the number of people stopped and detained.

Car burning has effectively become an annual event in French suburbs since riots in 2005 in several cities, although COVID restrictions, which include a curfew, curtailed the entertainment for many.

Some 95,000 police and gendarmes were mobilised during recent New Year's celebrations, French media report - including 32,000 firefighters and security personnel.

In Paris, where face masks have been made compulsory again, 779 people were fined for not wearing a mask.

While restrictions have been partially lifted in France, more rules will come into place this month due to concerns for the Omicron variant.

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