Amid France’s bizarre crisis of pranksters dressed up as scary clowns terrorizing its citizens, one town in France has banned all clown costumes for anyone over 13 on Halloween and for a month afterward.
The phenomenon of dressing up as an evil clown and terrifying passers-by has spread across France in recent weeks. These evil clowns are causing all sorts of problems on the streets, scaring children and the general population, sometimes while armed with pistols, knives, or bats, and sometimes beating people up. A clown posse? That’s insane!
Last weekend, according to Agence France Presse, more than a dozen teenagers were arrested while dressed as clowns in the Mediterranean port town of Agde. They were reported to have pistols, knives and baseball bats. And in Montpellier, a man who assaulted a stranger with an iron bar while dressed as a clown was recently sentenced to four months in prison. The man later admitted that he was drunk and inspired by clown prank videos on YouTube.
As a result of the recent clown terror, the village of Vendargues in southern France has put into place a ban on anyone wearing a clown costume. Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere said the ban is to “avoid any disruption… by evil clowns.. It’s about protecting children by preventing any ill-intentioned clowns from mixing with residents.” So if you see any “strange clowns” on the street, call the police – they can pack up to 200 of them in a squad car.