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During 1999-2002, an annual average of 41,100 intentionally set highway vehicle fires caused 11% of the highway civilian vehicle fire deaths and 5% of the civilian fire injuries per year.

Yes, accounting for a five times bigger population, in France this would 'only' mean 8,220 incidents per year, a fourth of what was in France this year so far - but this is only the highways.

For the UK, 2001 figures:

The 102,100 vehicle fire total was the highest seen in the decade. Eighty-eight percent of these vehicles were cars. Seventynine percent (70,100) of the car fires were "malicious."

Now THAT are 'riots'!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 04:39:31 AM EST
No, no, Dodo, riots only happen in France and are connected to muslims and religion. <snark>  

These numbers are enlightening. I hope that they are a healthy warning to all of Europe to not forget the social agreements and to continue looking for social solutions - offering a good foundation for a decent life for all citizens.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 05:08:51 AM EST
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Note that the American cases were largely associated with insurance fraud. That's bad, but it's a completely different situation.
by asdf on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 08:55:18 AM EST
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And what makes you say that this is not the case in France as well?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 10:08:43 AM EST
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Strangely enough there was a car burnt out at the end of my street a few weeks ago, in a lower middle class part of Dublin. Bored kids? Cheap disposal (saves paying for scrapping and the insurance might pay up if it looks like a theft)? Don't know. Happens enough that no-one seems to have been very bothered: the fire brigade came and doused it and the council burnt car collection truck came and took away the carcass a few days later.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Nov 7th, 2005 at 03:12:39 PM EST
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