Crumbling institutions, civil strife and economic stagnation — can France be fixed? Nabila Ramdani breaks it down for New Lines magazine’s Faisal Al Yafai on The Lede.
Immigrants from France’s colonial empire, especially from Algeria, arrived in great numbers during the period following World War II when France needed cheap labor. But in the minds of both the immigrants themselves and the French government, they were never supposed to stay this long.
Following several violent clashes between the environmentalist group Les Soulevements de la Terre and the police, the French government has issued a decree to officially dissolve the movement, thus making it illegal — in a move usually reserved for suspected Islamist terrorist groups or far-right militants.
The abaya is a loose, flowing robe popular with many Muslim women for its modest cut. Why did France just ban it from public schools? Rim-Sarah Alouane, Rasha Al Aqeedi and Erin Clare Brown break it down on The Lede.
“They're not just angry; they're terrified.” Journalist Chahrazade Douah and sociologist Jean Beaman join New Lines magazine’s Erin Clare Brown to unpack the protests sweeping across France in the wake of Nahel Merzouk’s killing by the police.
“We know it is the only way to get heard, the only way the media will talk about us, our anger. And don’t be mistaken, we weren’t just Arabs and Black kids; there were many others with us,” he said. In Mulhouse, in eastern France, young men shared the same conclusions. “It’s our revolt,” said Mehdi. “And if nothing changes, we will carry on, we have no other way, we are fed up.”
Race is an inescapable background to the events unfolding in France, yet it is difficult to fully grasp or research this because it is literally illegal to collect any data pertaining to this aspect of French society — or about religion or ethnicity.