Nicolas Sarkozy: Scourge of the Banlieues?

PARIS — “If I could get my hands on Sarkozy, I’d kill him.” Thus begins author David Rieff’s article in the New York Times Magazine last month on Nicolas Sarkozy’s relation to the French “banlieues.” Needless to say, it is not David Rieff himself, a fellow of the World Policy Institute in New York, who is proffering the threat. Rather he is quoting one “Mamadou”, a young resident of the Les Bousquets housing project outside Paris. Evidently having succeeded in making an impression on the American visitor, Mamadou continued, “Then I’d go to prison. And when I got out, I’d […]

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