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France: Still the One and Indivisible Republic?
France: Still the One and Indivisible Republic?
Introduction

While not the first and last such incident, in October and November 2005 the idea of an ‘indivisible’ French Republic united by common citizenship and supposedly eschewing divisions of race, culture, ethnicity and religion was confronted by rioting in many French cities. These riots involved mainly young people of Arab and African origin, most of whom were descendants of immigrants. The riots followed an incident where a young boy of immigrant descent died after a police pursuit. These and other riots were seen to show that a French emphasis on assimilation had not addressed serious problems of youth alienation and unemployment and that discrimination was an important concern in the ‘indivisible ...

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