Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Problems of the Banlieues

La Vie des Idées devotes a very long review to Hugues Lagrange's Le déni des cultures, a study of the social ills of France's suburbs, and to the polemic it has aroused. See this companion review as well. I am not competent to comment on this controversy but would be interested in hearing from any of you who have read the book or are familiar with the issues.

Mr. Sarkozy Goes to Washington

The French president visited the U.S. capital yesterday and was rewarded with lavish praise:

“We don’t have a stronger friend and a stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy and the French people,” he said as the French leader, listening to a translator through headphones, solemnly nodded his agreement. “I’ve always found Nicolas to be an outstanding partner and an outstanding friend to the American people.”
But nothing was disclosed about the content of Sarko's proposals for the G20.