Paris Is Burning: The Aftermath of France’s Riots

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Immigrant Angst

The areas outside of Paris (called banlieues) are largely populated by immigrants and their French-born children from nations in Africa (mostly North Africa and the Maghreb); many are Muslim. In these areas, unemployment is drastically higher than the national average, and residents report crippling racism and discrimination.

At the time of the riots, despite boasting a population of nearly 28,000, Clichy-sous-Bois had no local police station or access to public transportation.

At the height of the riots, then-Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy vowed to cleanse the banlieue housing projects, "with a Karcher pressure hose.”

 

(Photo: Jules Motte/Maxppp/Landov)

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