Wednesday, November 09, 2005

France is weird -- the lawless areas

America is scary and weird. France, however, is also very peculiar:
French Lessons

... The French equivalents of New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward lie in 300 or more "zones de non-droit" (lawless areas), which sparked the national rioting. These are areas in the immigrant suburbs of Paris and other large cities where the police do not go as a matter of policy. They have instead for years established checkpoints on the perimeter of these islands of soulless high-rises and then let the inhabitants fend for themselves.
Don't go as a "matter of policy"? Good lord. Is this true?

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