Valls has made a link between the January 7-9 attacks by three radicals, who killed 17 people, and inequality. The three assailants were all from deprived housing projects.
Earlier this week, the man who was mayor of the tough multicultural Paris suburb of Evry for 11 years said parts of France were riddled with “territorial, social and ethnic apartheid”.
His remarks sparked a torrent of indignation in a country that prides itself on its commitment to equality.
Undeterred, Valls put forward the idea of a “settlement policy” on Thursday, without giving details of what it would entail.
Forced integration? Oh yea that’ll work.