Revealed: The ten most stolen cars in France

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Revealed: The ten most stolen cars in France
A Smart car in Paris. Photo: JR_Paris/Flickr

A motoring group has revealed exactly which cars are the most commonly pinched in France. If you're smart you'll guess what car topped the list.


Around 111,000 cars were stolen in France last year, according to French drivers' organisation 40 Million d'Automobilistes.
The group has released statistics for the cars that are the most commonly stolen in France, an annual list that was published in Le Parisien newspaper on Monday. 
And for the third year in a row, it was the Smart ForTwo that topped the list.
In fact, one in every eight Smart car owners will see their car pinched each year in France. 
But this year's list proved a little different to recent years, most notably with larger, more luxurious cars making an appearance in the top ten. 
The top ten
1. Smart ForTwo
2. Land Rover, Range Rover Evoque
3. Ford Fiesta
4. Land Rover, Range Rover
5. Renault  Twingo II
6. BMW X5 E70 LCI
7. Renault Mégane II
8. BMW X6 E71
9. Seat Leon
10. Citroën DS3
(The Smart ForTwo car - France's most desirable voiture for thieves. Photo: AFP)
Two Land Rover models soared into the top five this year, after they didn't even feature in the top ten in 2015. 
The group's president Pierre Chasseray said that the thefts were "the work of highly organized gangs with the networks to sell them abroad". 
Thieves getting their hands on luxury cars is quickly becoming a trend in France.
Earlier this month a two-country police operation smashed an organised crime gang that stole high-end luxury cars in France and re-sold them for bargain-basement prices in Germany.
French and German police raided 24 homes in the two countries leading to the arrest of 15 suspected gang members and the recovery of 11 luxury cars.



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