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Paris Attacks: Can France Integrate Disaffected Suburbs?

More than three million people marched across France after the murder of 17 people in Paris (AP Photo)
More than three million people marched across France after the murder of 17 people in Paris (AP Photo)

(BBC) – In all the glowing coverage of France’s 11 January march for Charlie, there was one omission which was understandable but revealing.

No-one said it at the time, because they did not want to puncture the euphoria of national unity, but it is true nonetheless: The banlieues (city suburbs) were largely absent.

While the rest of the country turned out in force to uphold the ideas for which the 17 died, very few attended from those parts of France that were most familiar to the killers.

Evidently young people in the high-immigration banlieues were as shocked as everyone else by the murders.

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