How French

Bruckner, Pascal
November 2005
New Republic;11/21/2005, Vol. 233 Issue 21, p14
This article focuses on the youth riots in France. The juvenile rioters are French-born but they feel themselves trapped on the wrong side of an invisible barrier, from where they watch compatriots succeed, work and travel. The vehicles they burn symbolize the social mobility that they lack. The rioters have learned from previous French revolts, where the French met the demands of the rebels, that certain groups capable of paralyzing a port or a city are guaranteed impunity.


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