French Minister Fadela Amara Takes on France’s Projects

On January 22, the French government unveiled a proposal to slash youth unemployment in high-immigrant suburbs. The plan’s architect, Urban Affairs Minister Fadela Amara, unveiled key proposals to local residents in Vaulx-en-Velin, a suburb of Lyon. She pledged to create 45,000 new jobs in areas where up to one in two black and Arab men are unemployed – compared to the national average of eight percent. Also part of the proposal was a plan to cut youth jobless rates by 40% in three years, promising tutors and internships available to students. Sarkozy will release details of the plan and funding on February 8th.