Charred vehicles set on fire as part of the New Year’s Eve festivities are piled up at an impoundment lot, in the French city of Strasbourg, where around 60 vehicles were burned despite the curfew. Traditionally in France, hundreds of cars and motorcycles are set ablaze to usher in the new year.
The coronavirus pandemic has been a double whammy for the motor industry: disrupting supplies, but also hitting demand as countries went into lockdown. Can it recover from the crisis? The Chief Executive of French carmaker Citroën, Vincent Cobée, has said the pandemic had a "substantial impact" on their business, and that the market "will not be what it was before" in the short or long-term. He told FRANCE 24 that while demand returned in June, it could be up to a year before sales "stabilise".