Paris Is Burning: The Aftermath of France’s Riots

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Shock to the System

Amid rising tension, the deaths of teens Zied Benna and Bouna Traoré, who were electrocuted after climbing into an electrical sub-station in an attempt to hide from police on Oct. 27, 2005, set off the initial violence that would last for 21 nights and force officials to declare a state of emergency.

The epicenter of the unrest was Clichy-sous-Bois, a neighborhood outside Paris known for its run-down housing projects, heavy immigrant population and widespread unemployment.

(Photo: REUTERS/Franck Prevel)

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