There's a theory that people are actually cashing in on the pyromaniacal frenzy by torching their own cars to claim the insurance money. Such are times.
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Personally, I've never enjoyed big crowds, and certainly don't feel particularly at ease on occasions such as the Fête de la Musique or passing nearby the PSG football ground. The problem here is that young thugs from the suburbs come into town specially to cause problems. The night sets in and people get liquored up and more susceptible to being hassled or attacked. Nice.
For this reason I generally watch it all on telly from the comfort of my living room, adventurous old soul that I am. There probably won't be a running tally of how many cars have been burnt in each department - this ended up being like a league table of delinquency and just spurred the culprits on.
Whatever happens, I hope that your New Year is a good and relatively cool one, with no flames to fan but plenty of exciting plans and projects to ignite as January gets under way. Happy 2013.
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