A picture taken on January 1, 2013, shows burnt cars collected by city employees during the New Year’s Eve in Strasbourg, eastern France.(FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 1, 2013, shows burnt cars collected by city employees during the New Year’s Eve in Strasbourg, eastern France.
(FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

2013: The Year France Confronts Islam?

January 4, 2013  •  From theTrumpet.com
How a New Year’s celebration reveals France’s divided society
 

Fireworks are the most traditional way to celebrate the New Year. But there are other traditions. In Japan, Buddhist monks hit a gong 108 times. In Spain, people eat 12 grapes. And in certain French cities, they burn cars.

That’s right. The New Year’s Eve car burning has become so regular it is almost a tradition. Every year, youths run riot. This time, 1,193 cars were burned.

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