France is awakening to a crime wave . In early December, thieves pillaged a cemetery in Alsace, ripping metal crosses, ornaments and doors from funeral vaults. It was an attack that shocked the town. It comes amid a significant 33 per cent increase in armed jewelry store thefts in France this year, compared to 2010. The government is using this as an excuse to further track anyone selling precious metals. The French government seems to benefit from the crime wave to go after those with assets who the criminal missed.