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Apart from poverty, feminists say the dominance of traditional cultures among families of Arab and black African origin, combined with the growing role of Islam in the suburbs, have contributed to the harsh treatment girls get there.
Pressure is mounting for Muslim women to wear veils. Forced marriages that snatch them from college and career -- where they do much better than their male schoolmates -- are on the rise.
The support group "Ni Putes, Ni Soumises" ("Neither Whores nor Submissives") says the number of forced marriages has risen in recent years, with roughly 70,000 girls pressured into unwanted relationships each year in France.
Originally posted by CogitoErgoSum1
It would seem no matter what they want to force their traditions even if members of the community choose to become more “western”.
To complain about not being treated like a citizen and then lash at your own community for becoming more “western” is hypocrisy.
I’m just saying the issue here is deeper than people not being treated fairly.
Originally posted by marivingian
The Rioters are not Muslim. Because of stereotypical racism people are labeling them as Islamic and Muslim . most are 3 generation French...!
Originally posted by AceOfBase
They are still muslim in the same way that I'm a Christian, even though I don't go to church.
Clichy's 'les miserables'
He listed the rampant unemployment, heavy-handed policing, discrimination, poor housing and a concentration of large numbers of immigrants from North and West Africa, along with their descendents.
Many feel that the state ignores them at best and at worst stands in the way of their attempts to escape the estates....
The run-down, graffiti-ridden tower-blocks, some with broken and boarded-up windows, stretch for miles and miles.
Those who live there say that when they go for a job, as soon as they give their name as "Mamadou" and say they live in Clichy, they are immediately told that the vacancy has been taken.
French govt meets over riots
The violence has been seen as the expression of pent-up anger by youths, many Muslims of North African and black African origin, at police treatment, racism, unemployment and their marginal place in French society.
"Violence is not a solution," Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, accused of stoking passions by calling troublemakers "scum", told reporters after the Villepin meeting.
"Once the crisis is over, everyone will have to understand there are a certain number of injustices in some neighbourhoods. We are trying to be firm and avoid any provocation. We have to avoid any risk of explosion," he said.
Sarkozy pledges police crackdown after riots in Paris
"This isn't how we resolve these problems," a former Socialist prime minister, Laurent Fabius, said on French radio. "We need to act at the same time on prevention, education, housing, jobs ... and not play the cowboy."
French unrest spreads outside Paris
The unrest started on October 27 when young people of mainly north or black African origin took to the streets over the deaths of two teenagers - Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17 - who were electrocuted in a power substation where they hid thinking they were being chased by police.
Bouna's brother, Siyakah Traore, today called for the rioters to "calm down and stop ransacking everything."
"This is not how we are going to have our voices heard," he told RTL radio.
The rioting has grown into a broader challenge for the French state. It has laid bare discontent simmering in suburbs that are heavily populated by poor African Muslim immigrants and their French-born children, many trapped by poverty, crime and poor education...
Youths torch 900 cars in Paris riots
``The movement is mainly directed against the institutions of the republic _ but it does not have any ethnic character,'' he (Mr Sarkozy) added.
However, most observers and sociologists say that the unrest is the result of 30 years of France's failed integration policies.
Experts believe long-simmering resentment over government neglect, high unemployment and relegation to ghetto-like suburbs provided dry tinder for the flare-up of violence among the largely North African and African immigrant communities.
Paris violence spreads
The violence - sparked after the Oct. 27 accidental electrocution of two teenagers who believed police were chasing them in Seine-Saint-Denis - has laid bare discontent simmering in France's poor suburbs ringing big cities. Those areas are home to large populations of African Muslim immigrants and their children living in low-income housing projects marked by high unemployment, crime and despair.
Two of them are Turks, and it is the first time, that Turks and Palestinians act together, the 19-year-old says.