France’s many lawless zones form a kind of widely-distributed archipelago of deeply rooted crime: all part of what might be called The Molenbeek Archipelago, after the Brussels neighbourhood that gave Paris the attackers of the Bataclan. They are the cités — the housing developments that look puzzlingly spruce on Google Earth, but whose intimate ecology is controlled by the caïds, the drug bosses. A French attorney responds to questions from Le Figaro.
FIGAROVOX/INTERVIEW : Several districts of Toulouse have been prey to urban rioting since Sunday night [15th April, 2018 – Ed.]. Guillaume Jeanson, attorney at the Paris bar, believes this violence demonstrates that state security policy is still failing to restore republican order to the “lost territories”. VIDEO