Tourism in the “lawless” zones

What the banlieues are sick of is above all the world that surrounds them

5 years ago now, the small town of clichy-sous-bois was thrust into the international spotlight for three weeks (see 11. Night: 1408 burned cars). Some areas of the french suburbs are still considered lawless zones (zones de non-droit), where the police and the gendarmerie hardly dare to enter. With the young savages, the "racaille" (riffraff) even. An initiative of the department of seine-saint-denis, considered particularly "sensitive", tries to make visitors and residents aware that the "banlieues" also have their beauties.

It is also high time to normalize the bad reputation of the french suburbs. As an incident in october once again forcefully demonstrated: the political magazine le point had published under the puffery title "what no one dares to say (immigration, roma, aid, lugen…)" want to increase circulation. A story should be devoted to the allegedly rampant polygamy in the suburbs. But alas, alas le point-reporter who thought he had finally found the young wife of a polygamous man, a real scenario of a young inhabitant of clichy-sous-bois.

Yes, clichy-sous-bois, the little town 15 km east of paris where the deaths of two young men in 2005 triggered riots in many suburbs of french cities .The two policemen who had been present at the time of the death of the young men in a transformer house should now be brought before the tribunal for the offense of failure to render assistance. But the public prosecutor’s office of the nearby town, bobigny, has already raised an objection. The final word on the draw of the riots is thus still not spoken.

The young resident of clichy-sous-bois, who coded the political magazine jungst, has been working since 2005 as a so-called "fixeur", i.E. Someone who establishes contact between the media and the residents of the suburbs, who are apparently all considered dangerous. Abdel, as he is known, posed in a telephone interview with a reporter as a young le point-reporter as a young polygamous woman, in which he simply disguised his voice. African accent included.

Aim of the exercise? The young resident of seine-saint-denis wanted to point out how the much-cited "banlieues" are constantly used for cliches of all kinds, as for example.B. Drug trafficking, gang rapes (the so-called "tournantes"), burning cars and dung cubes, thefts, radical muslims and just polygamy. All the ubels of the french society were imposed to the suburbs.

The successful polygamy scenario was meant to show the dismal reality of this stigmatization. Many journalists loved to be blinded by the constantly maintained bad reputation of the "banlieues", propagated it and made headlines with it, i.E. Businesses. In a video on the online magazine "rue 89" abdel goes even further and says:

The journalists do not seek the info in the first place. They already have them! I simply gave this reporter what he expected.

Abdel finally wants the october and november 2005 riots to be recognized as a social revolt. The french media at that time spoke of "emeutes" (riots). Moreover, abdel says that 5 years ago some reporters even paid for a car to be torched at the right angle for the camera.

Tourism in the'rechtsfreien' zonen

Front page of the tribune of 7.11.2005

He still wants to do his job as a "fixer" for the media in the suburbs. Aming, of course, that someone still wants to engage him after all the media hullabaloo that his polygamy scenario has triggered in france. The job for le point had earned him in any case 200 euros.

The use of "fixeurs" is usually applied by the french media in war zones. Which means that some quarters of the french suburbs will be perceived by the media as a war zone? For an operation of the crs police unit in montreuil (seine-saint-denis) against demonstrating high school students in mid-october, the officers had put on bullet-proof vests: "as if they were on a mission in baghdad," as one schoolboy remarked. Demonstrations were held against the pension reform (see social uproar in france). The police had used against the schoolers the flashball gun that may have cost a high school student an eye.

Again an "urban guerrilla?

The violent events in the course of the protests against the pension reform in recent weeks, especially in the parisian suburbs of nanterre and lyon, have once again attracted international media attention. The term "urban guerrilla" was quickly retrieved from the drawer of 2005. The prefect, who relaunched the word in the french public, was probably concerned above all with media attention.

Because the schoolchildren, meaning logically young people, meaning dangerous people, had joined the protests against the pension reform. Burning cars, smashed showcases and the violent action of young people against police violence were fatally reminiscent of the events of 2005, as the school representative quentin delorme (unl) notes. The pension reform is now enacted. The protests were ignored by the president and the government.

School representatives complain that the government "despises" the youth, but they did not even want to discuss with youth organizations. For the young people in the "sensitive" suburbs, in good official french z.U.P.

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