Renault Flambe: Why They Burn Cars in France

So while the media's all up ons with the news of flamin' cars in France, it's gone underreported that an average of 80 cars a day in the European nation go up in smoke during periods of relative calm. Apparently, the trend started back in the 1970s when the country's suburbs began to grumble with unrest. Since then, whenever someone gets dissatisfied with his or her helping of liberty and/or fraternity in France, they look not to the stars, but to the cars, lighting up the night with the fiery passion of a mildly irked revolutionary throwing a temper tantrum. And besides, as a 26 year-old Franco-Senegalese man known only as Djibri says, "What else are you going to burn?" How about the ivory towers of privilege, Djibri? How about the ivory towers of privilege?

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