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Car torching, lynching mar New Year’s Eve revelry in France

/ 08:05 AM January 02, 2018

New Year revelers gather on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on Dec. 31, 2017. AFP

PARIS, France — France saw a jump in arrests on New Year’s Eve as well as an increase in the number of cars torched by vandals, a ritual among revelers in the country’s high-rise suburbs.

The number of vehicles set alight on the night of December 31 climbed from 935 a year ago to 1,031, while arrests rose from 456 to 510, the interior ministry said on Monday.

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Violence also marred celebrations in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, where two police officers were attacked by a large group of people at a party.

French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to denounce the “cowardly and criminal lynching of police officers doing their duty” and warned that the culprits would be “found and arrested”.

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“I regret that incidents like yesterday can happen but overall people were able to enjoy New Year’s Eve in a peaceful manner,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Monday.

Some 140,000 security and emergency forces were deployed across France on New Year’s Eve.

The country has been on alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that have killed 241 since 2015. /cbb

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