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City hall closes youth club in French 'jihad town' despite outcry


Lunel, a small town in southern France, attracted massive media attention in 2014 and 2015 after about twenty of its young people left for Syria. On June 3, the mayor announced that the city would cut funding to a beloved local youth organisation and establish its own instead. Locals have been up in arms about the “murder” of one of the only associations they say brings together the troubled city. Read more...
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French suburbs: “I come from a tough neighbourhood, so I lie on my resume”


In France, if you live in the wrong postal code, it can be very tough to find a job. For the past three years, community organiser Kamel Sekhari has been listening to the concerns of the young and unemployed in Vénissieux, a poor city in the outskirts of Lyon. He tries to keep them motivated: After sending out hundreds of resumes and getting no replies, it's easy for many to give up. As part of France 24’s “Pas 2 Quartier” project on French suburbs, Sekhari collected the stories of several of these young people. Read more...
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Marseille’s taxis resort to mob justice to drive out Uber

Some of Marseille’s taxi drivers took the law into their own hands on Monday, stopping drivers who they thought might have joined ranks with their most feared competitor, Uber. The American company offers a controversial app allowing customers to reserve a cheap ride with its fleet of drivers, who do not have chauffeur or taxi licenses. Numerous videos show these acts of mob justice happening in the streets of France’s second city. Read more...

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Gitano family feud goes wild in bare-chested YouTube videos

A series of videos showing a fight between two groups of Gitano from the same extended family has gone viral in France in the past few weeks. A member of the "Lopez" family first took the family feud to YouTube (and the public) when he uploaded a video of himself insulting and threatening his “cousins,” who soon responded in kind… and so on. The display of bravado is so outrageous that it has inspired numerous spoofs. Read more...

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Paris suburbs youth react to police acquittal in deaths that sparked riots


Twenty-five-year-old Nawufal lives in Clichy-sous-Bois, an impoverished suburb northeast of Paris where two teenagers were electrocuted when they tried to hide from police in 2005, a tragedy that sparked France’s worst rioting in decades. Read more…
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'How I helped a young French couple return from waging jihad'


Oumar lives in Istanbul. In the past couple years, he's witnessed first hand the transformation of Turkey's economic capital into a stopping point for men and women determined to wage jihad in Syria. But a few days ago, he was put in touch with a young French couple who had decided to make the same journey in the opposite direction. When the French consulate was unable to help, Oumar stepped in to lend a hand. Read more...
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How migrant smugglers evade patrols to reach French island of Mayotte


An amateur video showing a migrant boat from the Comoro Islands landing on the French island of Mayotte has made headlines in France's overseas territory. The footage shows the vessel landing in broad daylight without any sign of border police – evidence of a serious problem, according to media outlets. Our Observer, who has made the Comoros-Mayotte journey several times, reveals the smugglers’ tactics. Read more...
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A point-by-point rebuttal of 'Charlie Hebdo' conspiracy theories


The internet has been awash with conspiracy theories since last week's unprecedented attacks in Paris. Conspiracy theorists claim that the truth has been hidden, that the powers-that-be are orchestrating everything from up above. Some of their arguments may appear logical at first glance, but upon closer analysis they turn out to be entirely false. Read more...
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In pictures: a day of terror in France


Elite French police stormed a printworks and a Jewish supermarket on Friday, killing two brothers wanted for Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo and a gunman linked to them in a dramatic end to twin sieges that rocked France. Here are some of the most striking images from this day of terror. Read more...
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'I am Charlie': the three words heard around the world


Since the deadly attack at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, social networks are being flooded by tributes to the 12 victims. In France, crane operators, air traffic controllers, football players and even a newborn baby found ways to pay their respects on this day of national mourning. See images...
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