Sisters face jail for 1,000 prank calls to firefighters

Sisters face jail for 1,000 prank calls to firefighters
Firefighters in action in Paris after responding to a real emergency. Photo: Evan Bench
Making a prank call to emergency services normally ends on a ticking off by authorities but two French sisters can expect a lot more than that. After making around 1,000 hoax calls to Paris firefighters the pair are facing a spell behind bars.

Three young French women are facing possible jail time and heavy fines for making nearly 1,000 prank calls to Paris firefighters over more than a year, police said on Monday.

The calls, made between February 2011 and September 2012, included insults to firefighters, incoherent babbling and false reports of emergencies, the Paris police prefecture said.

Four of the calls resulted in firefighters wasting time by responding to false alarms.

Police eventually tracked the calls to two sisters, aged 17 and 20, and their 16-year-old friend. The three admitted to making the calls, police said, and are due to appear in court for sentencing.

They each face up to two years in prison and a 30,000 euro ($39,000) fine for the false alarms.

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