Banlieues Respect est une fédération d'organisation associatives provenant de quartiers situées dans les zones urbaines sensibles.
Collectif non subventionné depuis sa création en 2005.

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Presse du 12 novembre 2005

Paris security boosted as suburb residents plan march

PARIS (AP) – Authorities stepped up security Friday and placed restrictions on some public gatherings after tip-offs from Internet and text messages suggested « violent actions » over the weekend in the French capital.

But as France marked Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War I, calls for peace in the restive poor neighborhoods of France rang out, from demonstrators in Paris to religious leaders at a Lyon-area mosque in the southeast.

Arson attacks that hopscotched around the country, destroying schools, gymnasiums, public buildings, public transport and cars, have declined in recent days, but stretched into a 16th day despite the calls for peace, with more than 300 cars torched across the country and 119 people arrested overnight into today.

In the south, an attacker escaped after throwing two firebombs into a mosque during Friday prayers, causing minor damage. It was not immediately clear if the attack was linked to the wider unrest.

With a state of emergency in place, several hundred people gathered at the glassy Wall of Peace near the Eiffel Tower to call for an end to the unrest that erupted Oct. 27 and spread across the country.

The demonstration drew elderly Parisians and youths from the city’s poor working-class suburbs along with curious onlookers, all engaging in heated debate over how to stem the violence and tackle the causes.

Authorities have acknowledged the roots of the problem are deep-seated, perhaps linked to the French approach to immigration that works to fit immigrants, whatever their origins, into a single mold. Soaring unemployment, poverty and discrimination are common in towns that ring the large cities of France.

« The violence of the last 15 days expresses the frustration of 30 years of denying recognition to the populations living in these neighborhoods, » said Hassan Ben M’Barek, a spokesman for Suburbs Respect, which organized the demonstration.

He called on President Jacques Chirac and the government to listen to the youths, whose roots are in former French colonies of Africa, to better fight the « discrimination they suffer daily. »

Arson attacks that hopscotched around the country, destroying schools, gymnasiums, public buildings, public transport and cars, have declined in recent days. Police said early Friday that 463 cars were torched, down from 482 the previous night.

The mosque attack in the southern town of Carpentras drew immediate condemnation from Chirac and Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

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