We’re not Charlie here: Muslim teens in banlieues

From schools in the banlieues, or suburbs, came reports of classrooms refusing to join a minute of silence to honour the dead and disturbing accounts of teenagers voicing support for the killers.

Seldom has France’s de facto apartheid seemed as evident as in the failure of appeals for national unity to penetrate the heavily immigrant hinterland, where a sense of social and economic marginal­isation is blamed for pushing young people into extremism.

The killers had their origins in similar crime-plagued housing ­estates, and some in Vitry-sur-Seine last week said they worried about being tarred by the same brush. They are afraid of a backlash against Muslims.

There was no rush to rally to the defence of the republic. “We didn’t go to the republican march,” said a girl sitting in a fast food restaurant. “That was a thing for the whites, not us.”

Her friends giggled. One piped up: “We’re not Charlie here.”

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  • winniec

    Apartheid. Islamic style. Growing, growing. France…gone!

  • vladtepesblog
  • Ho Hum
  • Norman_In_New_York

    If the authorities are terrified about asserting their lawful presence in the banlieus, even by force, then they should wall off the enclaves and starve out the inhabitants.

    • Surele Surele

      that too

  • roccolore

    All those Muslim teens are on welfare thanks to their ungrateful parents.