No-go zones, through mass migration, have been emerging in the heart of Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Grenoble, Avignon — districts “privatized” here and there by a mix of drug traffickers, Salafist zealots and Islamic youth gangs. The main victims are women. They are — both Muslim and non-Muslim — sexually harassed; some are sexually assaulted.
Politicians, as usual, are fully informed of the situation imposed upon women. A 2014 report from the High Commissioner on Equality revealed that in the so-called “sensitive urban areas,” nearly one in ten women has suffered physical or sexual violence.
Another report handed to the government, in September 2016, by the organization “France Médiation” revealed significant details, albeit written in chastened terms:
Public areas are “occupied” exclusively by men who “park” there, and women are merely authorized to pass through them…
It’s not unique to this city: in the past 10 years, women have been seen public spaces desert them.
“You have to stay away, not provoke. I always go out with my children so there is no problem.”
In some places, male groups “monopolize” public spaces and sometimes block the access to the entrances of buildings
Women are obliged to avoid the elevator in order to flee glances and remarks that are sometimes unpleasant. They have go up the stairs — dirty, unlit and several stories high.
Cafés are occupied exclusively by men; women do not dare to enter them; they even avoid passing by.
The newly elected French president, Emmanuel Macron, ostensibly avoided security questions during the election campaign. No doubt, security questions will overtake him sooner than he thinks.
The “there are no no-go zones in Paris” (or other cities and towns) mantra can always be challenged by asking those who so maintain to walk through those supposedly faux no-go zones by themselves after dark. Now ever the no no-go zoners are admitting that there might be a few in Paris. From Yves Mamou at gatestoneinstitute.org:
- “There are several hundred square meters of pavement abandoned to men alone; women are no longer considered entitled to be there. Cafés, bars and restaurants are prohibited to them, as are the sidewalks, the subway station and the public squares.” – Le Parisien.
- “For more than a year, the Chapelle-Pajol district (10th-18th arrondissements) has completely changed its face: groups of dozens of lone men, street vendors, aliens, migrants and smugglers harass women and hold the streets.” – Le Parisien.
- In the heart of Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Grenoble, Avignon, districts…
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