10 ans après les émeutes de Clichy-sous-bois (France), déclenchées par la mort de deux adolescents, Zyed et Bouna, ce lundi 16 mars s’est ouvert le procès contre deux policiers poursuivis pour “non assistance à personne en danger”.
10 years after the riots of Clichy-sous-bois (France), triggered by the death of two teenagers, Zyed and Bouna, the trial against two police officers charged with “failure to assist a person in danger."opened this Monday, March 16.
On Oct. 27, 2005, Clichy-sous-Bois, a hardscrabble suburb worlds away from rich central Paris, became the epicenter of three weeks of car burnings and clashes between French youths and police. The trigger was the electrocution deaths of Zyed Benna, 17, and Bouna Troare, 15, while they hid from police in a power substation after entering an off-limits construction site.
By the end of the riots, more than 10,000 cars had been torched, 300 buildings damaged or destroyed and 1,300 people had been convicted of violent offenses.
Many see the trial of officers Sebastien Gaillemin, 41, and Stephanie Klein, 38, as a chance to get answers about how the riots started and see if anyone in authority can be held to account. For years, prosecutors have sought to block any trial and it’s only happening because France’s highest court stepped in. The five-day trial began in the distant jurisdiction of Rennes in western France. If convicted, Gaillemin and Klein could face up to five years in prison and 75,000 euros ($79,000) each in fines.
“We haven’t forgotten the pain over the last 10 years,” Mariam Cisse, a cousin of Troare, told BFM TV outside the court Monday. “We can’t act as if nothing happened.”
When it comes to feelings of discrimination, Clichy-sous-Bois and towns like it are France’s closest answer to Ferguson, Missouri. While America has tough inner cities, France’s downtrodden have been consigned to giant housing projects in suburbs on the outskirts of major cities. While many injustices in the United States are rooted in racism and slavery, France’s legacy with its ethnic minorities is post-colonial — many housing project inhabitants have family roots in North or sub-Saharan Africa.
Ultimately, some say, money can’t buy the real remedy: A change in attitude among France’s white majority and power elite that opens up opportunities to underprivileged minorities.
non mais les gens je sais même pas pourquoi on s'énerve je ne sais pas si vous vous rappelez l'affaire de Clichy-sous-bois quand les médias américains avaient montré la France comme si c'était la guerre civile et mis Strasbourg à peu près en Pologne et Marseille genre en Italie