: 01/01/2010 18:40
The number of cars burnt during the night of Saint Sylvestre [new year] has 'diminished slightly' compared to last year, totalling 1,137 compared to 1,147 a year earlier, the Home minister, Brice Hortefeux announced yesterday.
In a communique, the minister addressed his congratulations to the 45,000 policemen and gendarmes and to the 50,000 firemen 'whose commitment and professionalism allowed the night of Saint-Sylvestre to conserve its festive character and take place calmly without any serious incidents.'
549 people were taken in for questioning (compared to 288 last year) and 481 were held.
During the night '16 gendarmes and policemen were slightly wounded.'
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