Sexual Violence in Paris Housing Estates Soil for Terror

“…Many of the run-down housing estates are designated no-go zones. A research paper listed dozens where law enforcement officers will not enter for fear of attack. In August 2014, an article in French magazine Valeurs Actuelles (Contemporary Values) mentioned 750 lawless areas where police officers might be met with serious assault, including mortar fire.

Endemic violence against women was undoubtedly boosted by lawlessness in the banlieues and light sentences for attacks. The environment of sexual violence could have provided fertile soil for the violent creed of Islamic State, so that the militant group took root easily, and their ideology of armed jihad flourished.”