Paris Is Burning: The Aftermath of France’s Riots

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Banlieues Still Feel Left Behind

Despite some of the cosmetic changes to the banlieues, residents say they feel their concerns are being ignored as the country gears up for this year’s presidential election. Many feel voters in these areas are not only taken for granted but are used as symbols to promote racial and religious anxiety.

"I can't hear anyone talking about our problems," Birama Fofana, a 38-year-old Clichy resident from West Africa, told the BBC.

(Photo: REUTERS/Victor Tonelli)

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