Wednesday, 14 July 2010
France - 392 arrests for the night of July 14. Number of burnt cars to remain State secret
According to Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux, French police arrested 392 people on the night of July 13 to 14, the night of the national holiday traditionally conducive to excess, or 152 more than last year.
Some 306 of them have been brought to justice, compared to 190 in 2009, says in a statement. The minister, however, ensures that "no major incidents were reported".
He refused to disclose the number of cars burned, now traditional events in the nights of urban violence.
"No number of burnt cars will be released for the night of July 13 to 14 to stop this unhealthy tradition consisting each year of glamourising criminal acts," he said.
He said that instructions were given to prefectures not to communicate the number of vehicles torched in their department. "Now, only an annual reviews will be made public," said Brice Hortefeux.
A similar night of violent incidents during the last New Year's Eve had led to a battle of statistics between the authorities and media, the latter through surveys prefecture by prefecture, reached a national total of 1,137 vehicles torched and 549 arrested were minus figures.
These nights of incidents at commemorative events, especially the suburbs, have for several years been on a national scale. "
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