Paris is Burning…Crack! –

Aug. 18, 2019 – “We had our share of burned cars, weed trafficking and prostitution,” said Rafia Bibi, a 59-year-old Tunisian woman who has lived in the area for the past 15 years, and who can see La Colline from her 17th-floor apartment. “But the violence and misery among migrants and drug addicts have made this neighborhood barely livable.” At La Colline, crack is available and on open display 24/7. Hundreds come every day to buy a smokable rock, known as a “galette” in French, for 15 euros, or about $17. Dozens of addicts live there in makeshift tents, mingling with the homeless migrants who also populate the area. Every Tuesday, the police clear out the entire area and raze the makeshift slum. But it inevitably grows back a few hours later.

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