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


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.