In France's suburbs, state neglect breeds resentment

January 29, 2015 6:19 AM

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AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (Reuters) - Soul-searching in France in the weeks since Islamist gunmen killed 17 people has centred on battling radical Islam and reinforcing the country's secular tradition. In the "cités", housing estates like those in which the gunmen grew up, this seems to many like seeking a scapegoat for decades of neglect.

"We're not all drug dealers, bank robbers and even less so jihadis," said 28-year-old Yamine Ouassini, whose grandparents emigrated to France from North Africa.

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