Paris Is Burning: The Aftermath of France’s Riots

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Moving Forward

Following the riots, former French President Jacques Chirac pledged to create new jobs for unemployed youth and railed against the “poison” of racism.  Chirac blamed the rioting on what he called the country’s identity crisis. Legislators also pushed for expanded anti-riot laws that would punish anyone involved in and who encourages violence, not just the perpetrators.

(Photo: JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images)

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