Some of these remarkable photos about people in Montreuil (a suburb bordering the 20th arrondissement in Paris) watching France winning the semi-final match were at the Libération website, but they are all here: jean-fabien.exposure.co/le-soir-ou-montreuil-est-alle-en-finale There are all sorts of people; ethnicities, social classes, ages. Generally very happy!
I was reading in some British article that the suburbs of Paris have become the principal football talent pool in the world, having surpassed Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Paris suburbs are packed with excellent youth football programmes, and the international scouts keep an eye on quite a few clubs.
Found it! Kylian Mbappé grew up in the Parisian suburb of Bondy, and trained with L'Association sportive de Bondy, where his father, from Cameroon, was a coach. His Algerian mother was a handball player and other Mbappés are joining in the family's sporting activity. fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondy
Frankly, Russia appears to have done an excellent job hosting the World Cup although many of us had our doubts. Now it is time to start having doubts about Qatar in 2022. I'm quite sure they will do a "luxurious" job, but is that what we really want? I don't think so.
That video was better than most I've seen (at least in languages other than French). And at least it said that "banlieue" can imply immigrant ghetto, not that it always does. Clairefontaine is a banlieue, so are Versailles and Neuilly. And there are also middle-income banlieues.
Yes, I've often criticised articles in English misusing it that way. I do think this was somewhat more accurate than the ridiculous English use generally seen. And Paris has remained relatively small in terms of land area, so obviously a large majority of inhabitants of Greater Paris live outside the 20 arrondissements.
There is a general caricature of interethnic relationships in France in the anglophone media, even in those that should know better.
Yes, for some reason they do not want to think that France is a melting pot, or rather that the French "forced march" to adopting French ideals actually works (obviously it doesn't always work but it usually does), but in my opinion it works a lot more than in countries that nourish ethnic differences and traditions and do not try to have people from other parts of the world fit in. I was amused to see that the area near me that was displaying the most French flags in recent days was the Little India area behind Gare du Nord.
One thing I was thinking of in terms of Mbappé's sudden glory is that absolutely nobody here mentions that he is from anywhere other than the suburb of Bondy. And of course, whereas in certain countries, he would automatically be called black because of his father, nobody has ever mentioned his (mixed) race here. He is what he is -- a proud Frenchman with a Cameroonian father and an Algerian mother. That's what France is all about, in spite of how most foreign media see things.
Was I reading "fake news" when this morning an article in a NY journal reported that there 2 deaths (including a child run over by a motorcycle) and umpteen injuries, tear gas, water hosings, fires, bedlam in the "celebration"?
And, the Europeans dis American "football" all over the place as being barbaric.
Actually there were three children hit by a motorcycle out of control, but they were just injured. The two deaths were a woman hitting a post with her car, and a man who dived into a canal in Annecy that was too shallow, and he broke his neck.
There were a few trashers late in the night. There always are.
None of this happened on a football pitch, unlike that barbaric American sport where people bash their brains out and die in spite of all that protection which there very dearly need. Why don't they play "football" in shorts and with no helmets and pads?