Have we hit the ground yet?
“Baghdad, France”, “The Siege of Paris”, "Intifada at the City Gates”, are just a few headlines intended to describe the situation in the Paris suburbs.
The situation is indeed more than worrying and the French government is all of sudden scared that these “barbarians” (as qualified in the Sunday Times) could no longer be contained in their ghettos and “are now at the gate”.
Being French and born and raised in Paris I can say that what has been referred to as “urban guerrilla warfare” is just the result of an ongoing problem.
Since the fall of the French Empire, immigrants believing in the idea of “France, terre d’accueil” have tried escaping what the French had left them with (unemployment, violence, tribal wars, racism, and authoritarian regimes).They were piled up in what is known in France as “cité-dortoirs” (dormitory towns) as close as they could to the city of lights.
For the past 15 years, the banlieues of Paris have suffered from an increasing level of violence.
Will the past events lead to more social reform? Will the government
try fixing what it created? Or will Jacques Chirac use this opportunity
to pass more repressive laws against the insecurity threats?
As one of the characters of La Haine says it concluding the movie"
C'est l'histoire d'une société qui tombe et qui au fur et à mesure de
sa chute se répète sans cesse pour se rassurer : Jusqu'ici tout va
bien, jusqu'ici tout va bien, jusqu'ici tout va bien, mais l'important
c'est pas la chute, c'est l'atterrissage ".
“It’s the story of society falling down and while it’s falling it reassures itself: so far so good, so far so good, so far so good, but how you fall doesn't matter, it's how you land!”
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Interesting piece about French bloggers that were knicked for supposedly inciting rioting. We’ve heard how activists supposedly organize “over the internet,” (When I was arrested once breaking into Northwood Military HQ – one policeman said to the other one, “I wonder how they organize these things without us finding out?” The other replied, “I heard they do it over the internet.” Quite funny.) Also, we’ve heard how Iranians have been using blogs to educate themselves under the regime, and how US bloggers had a big effect on the US election. It’s a quirky idea that these rioters in Paris managed to kick stuff off using blogs, don’t you think?
Posted by: Joss | 9 Nov 2005 18:24:49
Oh, and sorry, you can see that piece mentioned above at http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1638519,00.html?gusrc=ticker-103704
Posted by: Joss | 9 Nov 2005 18:25:45
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