Fire and Violence Rage across France

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In Paris last night there was a lull in the violence, but elsewhere in France, more than a thousand vehicles were torched and 12 police officers were injured in the twelfth night of rioting. The French government has invoked new police powers in an attempt to quell the clashes that have produced the worst property damage since World War II. The children of black-African, Arab and Muslim immigrants say they're told they're French but are treated as outsiders--unaccepted and unemployed. Has France failed to recognize decades of change in its own population? Will fading industrial suburbs become new training grounds for Islamic extremists? Can the grievances be resolved without alienating the nationalist right wing? We go in search of answers with journalists from the US and France, sociologists and a conservative member of parliament who represents one of the suburbs of Paris.
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Prime Minister Villepin on French riots

Rotella's article on despair of France's rioting youths

Dendoune's article on discontent among France's immigrant population

Brenner's 2003 article, 'France's Scarlet Letter'

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