President Emmanuel Macron has substantially scaled back plans to rehabilitate France’s banlieues — poverty-ridden and crime-infested neighborhoods with large Muslim populations — and has instead called on local mayors and civil society groups to find solutions at the grassroots level.
The policy reversal follows weeks of internal debate about whether a top-down or bottom-up approach is the best way to improve life in the troubled banlieues, which are breeding grounds for Islamic fundamentalism and are often referred to as no-go zones because of the dangerous conditions there for police and other representatives of state authority.
French authorities have been warned that Muslims could “set fire to the neighbourhood” in one of Paris’s migrant-populated suburbs following a court order to take down a number of tents erected for Ramadan.
Shocking footage, filmed by a member of the local community, emerged on the internet yesterday. The footage showed armed gangsters searching for someone, firing their weapons and even confronting the police with their weapons.
Obviously fake news; French gun laws are much too strict to allow this to happen.
A tense migrant crisis in Paris risks spiralling out of control unless the French state intervenes, a group of charities including the Red Cross warned on Thursday, days after two refugees drowned in canals and a third was stabbed.
Their plea came as daggers are drawn between Paris’ Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo and President Emmanuel Macron’s government, with each claiming the other has failed to deal with the increasingly desperate plight of migrants in the French capital ahead of the 2020 municipal elections.
Nearly 3,000 of them, many from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan and Nigeria, are now crammed into tents in three insalubrious camps in Paris, with charities estimating that 80 more are arriving every day.
Activists of Defend Europe have been patrolling the French-Italian borders for almost a month now. According to a new administrative circular issued on May 4th by the minister of justice, discovered by Mediapart, they will now face arrest if they continue their actions.
France’s anti-terror unit is leading the investigation into the knife attack, authorities added Sunday, after the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the stabbing spree in which one person was killed.
During his recent State visit in Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke of the “long friendship” between France and the United States, and tried to present himself as a reliable ally. His statements, essentially empty words, should be taken with extreme caution.
If by ‘ally’ you mean ‘malignant parasite’ then yes France is an ally.
The man behind a deadly knife attack in central Paris was born in Chechnya and had been on police radar for radicalism, and his parents have been detained for questioning, French authorities said Sunday.
In an effort to celebrate diversity, the role of Joan of Arc was played by a black teen during Tuesday’s celebrations in the city of Orleans.
But for France’s mainstream media this clearly wasn’t enough diversity. In a TV debate later that day, the editor in chief for left-leaning news outlet Marianne, Périco Legasse, said that “one day hopefully Joan of Arc will be played by a Muslim woman”.