Terms like ‘young people’ and ‘sensitive neighborhoods’ are coded Soviet-style language used to disguise reality, says sociologist Bock-Côté about violent riots in Paris

By Dénes Albert
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The mass violence from France’s migrant and ethnic minority community, which erupted during the Paris Champions League final on Sunday, highlights the divide between reality and the discourse in politics and media, Canadian sociologist, philosopher and political commentator, Mathieu Bock-Côté, told viewers on French television CNews.

“Like in the USSR, the population had to decipher the lies of the government and the media. When they say ‘a young person’ or ‘a sensitive neighborhood,’ we all spontaneously understand what they are talking about.”

As Remix News reported yesterday, British fans, including families and disabled people, were assaulted and robbed by African and Middle Eastern migrants at the Liverpool match against Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday, The French media was remarkably uniform in hiding the ethnic background of the perpetrators, instead referring to them as “young people” from “sensitive neighborhoods,” designations that Bock-Côté says the French public increasingly see through.

Bock-Côté said the situation now in France was similar to the one in the communist Soviet Union, where the newspapers used language that was totally disconnected from reality.

“The chain of confidence is broken between the population and the power structure — be it political or media — meaning that the population has to decode the language of power with regard to what they meant to say,” Bock-Côté said. “Let’s take the Swedish example, where the regime provides the vocabulary to be used that is similar to the Pravda (Soviet daily).”

In Sweden, the country has gone so far as to prosecute academic researchers for revealing that the majority of rapes are perpetrated by migrants. Instead, as in France, the Swedish media routinely refers to such crimes as incidents perpetrated by “young people,” even for extreme cases such as sexual assaults, physical assaults and murders.

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The gangs operating during the match in Paris on Saturday are believed to be predominately from neighborhoods like Saint-Denis, which is routinely referred to as a “sensitive neighborhood” due to its ongoing problems with crime and disorder, In France, such neighborhoods are known as places where the ethnic French population are almost entirely displaced by migrants and ethnic minorities, and such urban enclaves are only growing, raising cultural and ethnic tensions, and even sparking claims of potential civil war.

“When they say ‘a sensitive neighborhood’ that actually means a neighborhood where the historical French population is no longer present,” he said. “When they say ‘a knife attack,’ that is yet another euphemism.”

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Bock-Côté also referred back to the deadly Bataclan attacks, perpetrated by Islamic extremists, with the media referring to the attackers as “French.”

“Referring back to the Bataclan attack, when they say that the majority of the attackers were French, that has to be understood only in the administrative sense (i.e. that they were French citizens),” Bock-Côté said.

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