In colorblind France, rising diversity tests unity

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The reality of many run-down residential areas raises questions about whether the French model of integration, long the nation’s pride, is wearing thin.

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The streets in one of the Paris region’s toughest housing projects, burgeoning with immigrants, bear names like Cezanne, Picasso and Utrillo, as if to stamp the French heritage onto the psyches of its residents, reports Salon.