This paper gives the reader an introduction to a real French suburb. Recently, the suburbs of France are quite in the picture of the world's media, because of the several riots in November 2005 and even now at this moment. On October the 27th it will be precisely one year ago that the hype around the suburbs in France started. Finally, there was some attention for one of France's biggest problems: the poverty and arrears quartiers of the cites in Paris, where immigrants live all together in the most unbearable situations, with violence and drugs use all around. Riots are an essential symptom; therefore this is some of the main elements of this paper. Because of the fact that drugs and violence are present in a suburb, we will try to find a link between drugs and violence in a French suburb. The focus will be especially on the drugs trade itself, and the consequences for the living population.
[...] The inhabitants aren't even afraid for the police at all, as we will see in the following chapter The drugs economy and violence The most important problem in suburbs is violence. Violence is a vague notion susceptible to several definitions. To understand the different sorts of violence, one has to know the different you can have in drug trafficking. First, of course, you can be a seller, a supplier or a buyer. You can also be a beater: you look after potential customer and the buyer pays for that. [...]
[...] Chapter The relationship between alcohol and drugs and violence 1 Alcohol, drugs and violence The mass amount of violent crimes originated in the suburbs throughout the whole of France, raises a lot of questions. One of them is about the explanation of all this violence: where does it come from? A possible explanation can be found in the use of drugs and alcohol. Though, violence is diverse, the act can either be a shooting incident or just some hits with the vests. [...]
[...] The focus is on the riots in the framework of the drugs business. Concerning the drugs traffic, we can understand that riots were first meant to fight against policemen. Indeed, policemen are disruptive elements in the suburbs, because they disturb the traffickers in their work. The major part of French people was shocked about these riots because of lax attitude of policemen. That can appear strange to foreign countries, because the media shows something else. Indeed, foreign media showed French policemen running after rioters, shooting flash balls, etc. [...]
[...] To the dismay of some politicians this gave France the European lead in the spread of drug use among young people (the causes of the widespread drugs use will be further discussed in the next paragraph). This rises the question how this youth of France obtains their drugs. A large amount of the consumers drugs originate from Morocco. Northern Morocco is the main producer of cannabis for Europe, and even the world. The potential of Moroccan hash production is estimated to be around 2,000 metric tonnes a year. [...]
[...] For the opponents to “carte scolaire”, this system is unfair, because it favors people who are already the most favored: the white majority who lives in the thriving rural areas Violent riots Violence in France is very prevalent among the youth in the suburbs. Juveniles under the age of 18 years are responsible for a quarter of all crimes in France. In France people don't speak about “criminals” per se, but refer to jeunes de banlieue” which translated to suburban youth”. [...]
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