At the end of October 2005 the electrocution of two youths who had hidden in a power station in Clichy-sous-Bois, a northern Parisian suburb, whilst being chased by the police, sparked off a violent outburst in France. It immediately spread. Instantly, riots broke out in 300 different places and lasted for three weeks. Twenty-five regions were affected, 8810 cars were torched, with 1400 cars destroyed on the night of the 6th November alone. Hundreds of public buildings, schools, gyms, libraries and shops were set alight. Even if the reasons for this were different from those that provoked the riots in May 1968, the social fabric was ripped apart just the same. France had found itself on the crossroads of three different crises: social, post-colonial and political.
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Published in Photoworks Issue 7, 2006/7
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