While some prefer to compare the “riots in France” with the “civil rights” movements of the 60s in the United States, others see them as the evidence of the failure of the French social policy. In addition, the participation of non-Arabs and non-Muslims, who actually were not many, was for some leaders the proof that such events did not have a religious dimension and had nothing to do with extremism.
Making a comparison between the previously mentioned movement and the events in French neighborhoods is a provocation for us. The conditions in these neighborhoods and those of some cities in the United States, like New Orleans, are almost identical, particularly after Katrina, which revealed the discrimination that characterizes the Bush administration. This hurricane can bring about a revolution in the South of the country where the blacks are oppressed, just like the Arabs and the Muslims in the French slums. The hurricane is also a warning addressed to the American rulers who must pay more attention to marginalized populations.
The magnitude of the riots, the burning of cars and public places all over France is evidence of how complex the situation is. For some scholars, the French social policy must be questioned. Therefore, before judging or prejudging the rioters, such policy must be re-examined to define its advantages and disadvantages. Governmental policies in France continue to multiply the internal contradictions that lead to such events.
The mess and destruction caused by the riots in France not only damaged cars and private or public property, but the reputation and popularity of the political leaders. Even when riots were over, the problems had not been solved for several security measures had to be implemented, among them, the “curfew”. What is worse, the leaders did not try to understand the real causes of such a situation. During the last three decades, certainly, capitalism, which became stronger thanks to the economic development attained by the industrial countries, France among them, brought about social differences between the ‘have’ and the ‘have nots’. Such differences can provoke the emergence of other social movements in the world.

Al Quds Al Arabi (United Kingdom)

اضطرابات فرنسا: بركان اجتماعي لأزمة سياسية”, by Saïd Al Shihabi, Alquds al-Arabi, November 25, 2005.