French Town Bans Clown Costumes

For a country which prides itself on “Liberté,” France certainly likes to ban things. Latest example: The nation is facing a bizarre crisis of fake clowns terrorizing its citizens. Pranksters dressing up as scary clowns have been causing problems on the streets, scaring children and the general population, sometimes armed with pistols, knives, or bats, and sometimes beating people up. As a result, the village of Vendargues in southern France has put into place a ban on anyone wearing a clown costume. The mayor said it is to “avoid any disruption…by evil clowns.. It’s about protecting children by preventing any ill-intentioned clowns from mixing with residents.”

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