Paris Is Burning: The Aftermath of France’s Riots

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Rap Catches Flack

In the wake of the riots, a coalition of 200 French parliament members banded together calling for legal action against several French rappers, accusing them of inciting the violence with their incendiary lyrics.

"When people hear this all day long and when these words swirl round in their heads, it is no surprise that they then see red as soon as they walk past policemen or simply people who are different from them,” parliament member Francois Grosdidier told the BBC.

"There had better not be a police blunder, or the town will go up / The city's a time-bomb / From the police chief to the guy on the street - they're all hated." From the song "In Front of the Police" by 113.

(Photo: Jive/Epic Records)

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