Two years on; France’s suburbs

To mark the two year anniversary of the deaths of two-youths Clichy-sous-Bois, Claude Dilain, the Socialist mayor, held a memorial calm memorial service to mark the events. While improvements such as increased voter turnout, funding for housing and infrastructure, and increased educational partnerships, many of the banlieues troubles remain. Unemployment is around 20% – more than twice the national average, overcrowded housing is still a problem, and a police station to help deal with the high crime rate, won’t be completed for another estimated three years. Many residents express disappointment when asked about comparisons between two years ago, and now.