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Racism Postcolonialism Europe$
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Graham Huggan and Ian Law

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312199

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315626

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Violence in France: crisis or towards post-republicanism?

Violence in France: crisis or towards post-republicanism?

(p.165) Chapter 11 Violence in France: crisis or towards post-republicanism?
Racism Postcolonialism Europe

Michel Wieviorka

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the outbreaks of racially motivated violence in France in October 2005 and whether they constituted a crisis or a sign of post-republicanism. The first incident was sparked by the death of two youths ‘of immigrant origin’ in Clichy-sous-Bois and the ensuing riots, while the second was triggered by the kidnapping and assassination of a young Jewish man by the name of Ilan Halimi. The scale and intensity of these outbreaks were unprecedented, prompting rogue intellectuals such as Alain Finkielkraut to talk about an ‘anti-republican pogrom’, while social scientists pointed to the successive failures of French governments to address the concerns of a large proportion of urban black youths in the country. The chapter categorises the crisis as institutional, cultural, political, or intellectual, arguing that the classical model of republicanism is currently failing on the contradictions of a race-blind logic which views all French people as equal citizens and nationals who are united under French law.

Keywords:   France, violence, riots, assassination, kidnapping, Ilan Halimi, Alain Finkielkraut, crisis, republicanism

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