French Social and Cultural Contest in the 1990's

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  • Les Banlieues (the suburbs)
    • racial conflict
    • evokes a negative set of connotations
      • drugs
      • crime
      • deliquency
      • civil disorder
      • Islamic fundamentalism
        • terrorism
    • not full of affluent middle classes
    • composed of high-rise blocks full of the poorest of Frances population~
      • 'les exclus' - those outcast from playing an active role in and enjoying the fruits of the affluent society
    • problems started to arise in early 1980's,
      • etes chauds (hot summers) of 1990/1991
        • violent confrontations between suburban youths and the police took place in major cities in France

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