This mayor of a "sensitive" district, who asks me to leave his name unmentioned, was looking for a specialist in urban guerrilla warfare in October 2015. On a blank sheet of paper he draws for me the major axes of his city and the points that need to be closed in case of riots, in order to direct the crowd. Concrete blocks had been reserved with a company ready to transport them, to block exits. The elected official had noted the highest points in the buildings to prevent any snipers setting up there. "All the ingredients of a potential civil war are there," he said. But it would be wrong to think that this mobilisation is shared by everyone. Many minds are put to sleep by force of habit. The most common type of discourse is to say that everything is going not too badly in the estates, apart from the legitimate sentiments of inequality, presented as proofs of integration into the Republic. These elected officials, comforted by islamistophile sociologists, are the most numerous.Source
No idea which mayor or town it is. This is an extract from a book called The Coming Civil War by Ivan Rioufol, being published this month in France. He is a journalist who writes for the newspaper Le Figaro.