The car burnings continue:
As many as 60 cars still burn nightly in France
Between 40 and 60 cars are still being burned nightly in France more than three weeks after a wave of suburban violence subsided, a senior interior ministry official said Thursday.
Stephane Fratacci, the ministry’s director of public liberties, was arguing against a writ brought before France highest administrative court — the State Council — for the country’s month-long state of emergency to be suspended.
The jurists who brought the suit said that the measure was no longer needed as normality had been restored in the poor neighbourhoods where the rioting broke out on October 27.
But Fratacci said that last Saturday night 79 vehicles were burned, 46 on Sunday and 50 on Monday. And he urged “the greatest caution” ahead of the end-of-year holidays which regularly see outbursts of violence in suburbs of France’s major cities.
How many car burnings occurred in the US this past weekend?
And here’s a “surely unrelated” story (/sarcasm):
Car industry drags down French industrial output
French industrial production fell sharply in October compared with September, casting doubt on the strength of a widely forecast economic recovery and revealing difficulties for the French auto sector, analysts said on Friday.
Data from French statistics office INSEE showed that industrial production fell by 2.5 percent in October compared with September after growth of 0.6 percent in September from the figure for August.