LA HAINE - BANLIEU PARIS
Île-de-France, has lost over 100,000 jobs since COVID, with the banlieues hit especially hard. Familial contagion is common here with many families living in cramped spaces. This has been compounded by the fact that starting in March authorities have given the public only four preapproved reasons for venturing out of their homes. With sentiments of mistrust and poor treatment surrounding the relationship between banlieue residents and the police, George Floyd's death brought thousands of protesters into the streets in June, a demonstration against police brutality in France as well.
Despite these turbulent conditions, it appears that changes are on the horizon for the banlieues. The Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has been pushing a new ecological agenda with plans to convert the Périphérique highway, which surrounds Paris and seperates it from the banlieues, into park spaces with reduced traffic. Another promising update is the Grand Paris Express; expected to be completed in 2030, it will be the biggest public transport system in Europe. This will also create a bridge to the banlieues, which are currently lacking in accessible transportation into the city.