Posted by Curt on 1 January, 2009 at 11:50 am. 8 comments already!

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In France it appears that the way to celebrate the New Year isn’t the drinking of a few cocktails, no….it’s setting cars ablaze:

01france550.jpgThe Hautepierre suburb of Strasbourg on New Year’s Eve. The government mobilized 35,000 police officers nationwide. (Jean-Marc Loos/Reuters)

More than 280 people were detained and more than 1,000 cars torched during New Year celebrations across France, mostly in its troubled suburbs, the interior ministry said Thursday.

Four police officials were slightly injured, according to the interior ministry, which said its security forces “were of the unanimous view” that New Year’s Eve was “rather calm and without major incident.”

The interior ministry had earlier said 445 vehicles were set on fire overnight, but later revised that figure to 1,147.

The number of arrests and cars torched topped last year’s tally of 259 people detained and 372 vehicles burned.

But Israel DOES know how to celebrate the New Year….kill a leader of Hamas:

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Israel dropped a one-ton bomb on the home of a Hamas strongman Thursday, killing him along with two wives and four children in the first attack on the top leadership of Gaza’s rulers. As the aerial bombardment escalated, the army said it also was poised to launch a ground invasion.

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