PARIS, FRANCE — 1,193 parked cars were torched in France this year on New Years Eve, according to the Associated Press.
Setting empty, parked cars on fire on New Years Eve has become a notorious tradition in the country in recent years.
Interior Minister Maul Vails made an announcement about the vandalism on Tuesday, for the first time in three years.
The former conservative government under President Nicolas Sarkozy stopped publishing reports of the vandalism in an effort to not bring attention to the car-torching criminals.
France’s current Socialist government decided transparency was the most prudent method in releasing the figures.
Source: The Associated Press