Last October, Y-Press traveled to France hoping to learn more about the 2005 and 2007 riots in the northeast Paris suburbs, which were sparked by immigrant youths' frustrations. France is home to more than 6 million immigrants, which account for more than 10 percent its population. For many, daily life is challenging. While these young people fulfill many of the traditional criteria used to determine citizenship, equal treatment and opportunities don’t follow.
As young journalists, we wanted to learn what the youth were reacting to and the roots of the problems they faced as “non-native” French. We expected to hear about racism and religious discrimination. But we were surprised to find that the underlying causes go back much further in French history and deeper into the French mentality and society.
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