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  1. Introduction.
  2. Characteristics of a suburb.
    1. Origins and geographical location.
    2. Housing.
    3. Kind of population.
    4. Living conditions.
    5. Violent riots.
  3. Drugs in the suburb.
    1. The distribution of drugs.
    2. Cannabis among youth.
  4. The relationship between alcohol&drugs and violence.
    1. Alcohol, drugs and violence.
  5. The drugs economy.
    1. Motivations for immigrants in the drugs trade.
    2. The drugs economy and violence.
    3. Police's contribution to the drugs economy.
  6. Reflection on the drugs trade.
  7. Conclusion.
  8. Bibliography.

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 definition of the problem is the following: How is violence connected to drugs in a typical ?banlieue' of France? First we will try to name the characteristics of a French suburb: origin and geography, housing, population, living conditions and some violent happenings will be successively discussed. Secondly we will set out the distribution and use of drugs among youth, to demonstrate how drugs are an important aspect of a suburb. Thirdly, we now try to find a link between violence and drugs. [...]

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