Focus on France

Unemployment in France's neglected banlieux

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"Le reflet", Mohamad Bourouissa (2007).
"Le reflet", Mohamad Bourouissa (2007). © National Museum of Immigration

French unemployment stands at around 10 per cent nationwide. But in these times of economic malaise, it's the population of France's suburbs, the banlieux, that's hardest hit . Estimates range from 33 per cent unemployment to a staggering 44 per cent among the youngest people able to work. A combination of poverty, lack of education and discrimination has led to the current situation.