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Cars torched in France, but country sees dip in New Year’s violence

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Hundreds of cars were set on fire across France on New Year’s Eve, although there was less violence than in past years, particularly towards the police, the interior minister said on Saturday. Some 874 cars were set on fire, according to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, nearly 450 less than at the turn of the year 2019/2020. Police detained 441 people. Cars also burned in Strasbourg, a city which saw violent riots two years ago on New Year’s Eve. At least two police officers were lightly injured when people shot fireworks at them. Cars have been set on fire in France on New Year’s Eve since …

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