'Hopelessness' in French suburbs a decade on from riots

File picture taken on November 2, 2005 shows police patroling in the northern Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois“This could explode once again, because the social injustices are still there and there is a deep hopelessness among the young,” warned Mehdi Bigaderne, the 32-year-old deputy mayor of Clichy-sous-Bois, the Paris suburb where the 2005 riots began and then spread to other parts of the country. Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, were returning home from playing football and had done nothing wrong.

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