In May 2012, France was caught in its presidential elections. A hundred days before, the financial rating agency Standard & Poor's decided to demote France by withdrawing its triple A. As a result, the financial crisis became the most important issue in the ideological fight between the two traditional right-wing and left-wing political parties, as well as other issues like violence in some suburbs, unemployment and retirement pensions.
The young people from the suburbs felt left out, confined to their council housing estates. Tensions and clashes with the authorities ensue daily. In this tense political atmosphere, the French finally decided to punish former president Nicolas Sarkozy by electing the socialist François Hollande and his promises of changes.
Jenny Bessoud // Lyon
Romain Jammes // Paris