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Monday, November 07, 2005

Some riotin' going on

France is currently in the grip of widespread rioting. The ever-increasing Muslim population is suffering problems of integration, discrimination and unrest. Alex Duval Smith focuses on French society, its obsession with secularism and adapting to a post-colonial world:

"Christophe Bertossian, an immigration specialist at the French Institute for International Relations, believes it is time for a rethink [of French understanding]: 'Part of the problem is the French approach to integration, based on the concept that everyone is equal. The idea that we are equal is fiction. Ethnic minorities keep being told they do not exist.'"

6 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

Geez, they must be really upset about France's occupation of Iraq. Oh, wait...

Monday, November 07, 2005 12:13:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Seems it's time the French woke up to Howards brilliant tactic of keeping these people in detetntion camps, right Shab?

What's you theory abotu the rioters in Argetina? Arabs posing as latinos?

Monday, November 07, 2005 12:59:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

Well I think the glory of France is rediscovering the joys of multiculturalism.

Is that a school burning or a politicly justifiable form of protest?

"OK I did torch your car so that one day you'll have sympathy for all my people."

Monday, November 07, 2005 10:59:00 pm  
Blogger J F said...

Read Dalrymple's take on disaffected Muslim youth.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 12:56:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

JF, is there anywhere you haven't posted that link? How about an actual argument of your own instead of a lazy link? ;-)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 7:18:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

So somebody has an opinion on disaffected Muslim youth. Riots do happen. LA had them, London has had them. J F is obviously tryin to promote the cultural melting pot argument.

The city voted the most multicultural in the world last year was Toronto. Haven't seen riots there in a while.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005 10:53:00 am  

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