Tackling social tensions in Toulouse as virus lockdown takes its toll on deprived areas

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In common with other parts of the country, the potentially volatile La Reynerie district of the south-west city of Toulouse has seen flare-ups of violence since the start of the coronavirus lockdown in France on March 17th. On the ground, a combination of collectives, residents and associations have been trying to foster a sense of solidarity and set up support networks without waiting for a response from the city authorities who are only belatedly now trying to introduce measures to reduce local tensions. Emmanuel Riondé reports from Toulouse.

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The public authorities in Toulouse have softened their tone in recent days after a number of flare-ups and confrontations between young people and police in deprived districts during the coronavirus lockdown.