Fears the banlieues could burn again

It is exactly 10 years since the start of France’s banlieue riots – the three weeks of violent street protest in the high-immigration suburbs, sparked by the accidental deaths of two teenagers after a police chase.

Plenty of money has been pumped into the banlieues – but has anything really changed?

It is with a depressing sense of familiarity that one reads this week the 10-year post-mortems on France’s 2005 riots.

Everyone concedes that after the shock a lot was done to regenerate the “lost” neighbourhoods of Clichy, Grigny, Bobigny, et cetera.

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