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A Return to Paris in the Wake of Attacks

A Bi-Lingual Conversation with Journalist Géraldine Smith
September 14th, 2016
12:00 PM


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

Light lunch served at 11:45


How do Parisians living in neighborhoods hit hard by the 2015 attacks confront the state of emergency in France today?

Journalist Géraldine Smith returned to Belleville where she had lived for years to investigate how her neighborhood has been radicalized politically. Why did a part of the city long known for its diverse, immigrant communities became a place of extreme violence?

Her book, Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, takes us to ground zero of the social crisis in France today, and gives us direct contact with the residents: shopowners, teenagers, school-children.


Part report, part family chronicle, Smith grapples with the limits of the French model of social integration, as well as with her own disillusionments. 

Written after Charlie Hebdo and November 13, and published just before this summer’s attacks, Smith’s book offers an intrepid, personal look at what is happening to French public life, and its far-reaching consequences.

Join us for a bi-lingual discussion with Géraldine Smith around her book to mark the rentrée.

For links to interviews in French, visit the site of our co-sponsor, the Centre for French & Francophone Studies:

Co-sponsored by the Center for French and Francophone Studies and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Read an interview with the author in Le Figaro, April 29, 2016: «Entre bobos et barbus, ma rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud»



Géraldine Smith

Géraldine Smith is a French journalist and writer. After graduating in Political Science and International Relations in 1990, she reported from Africa, namely as a correspondent based in Dakar (Senegal) for Jeune Afrique. In 2002, back in Paris, she became the editor-in-chief of Epok...

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