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France

A deep distrust among youth in the suburbs of French cities is increasingly leading to radicalization. Our trustbuilding work aims to prevent further radicalization of French youth through workshops and civic initiatives. 

Why is trust needed? 

Many young people suffer from identity crises, frustration with the education system and have difficulty imagining their future. They do not feel accepted and respected by the French society; this lack of belonging causes a negative ripple effect in the community. 

At the end of 2005 youth violence exploded in France, which lasted several weeks. Each night cars were burnt in different cities and the desire to confront society has led to a dramatic increase in radicalization. Several hundreds of young people have left France to join Daesh/ISIL in Syria.  

How is trust built?

Black female youth smiles and reaches out to the camera
Empowering youth as citizens

Each workshop cycle in a school ends with a civic project as a way for young people to add value to their local community.

French youth listen to a facilitator speak outdoors
Establishing trust between youth and authorities

There is tension between youth and authority figures in migrant and low income communities in Paris. Through open dialogues mutual understanding is created. 

Learn more about Trustbuilding in France

Frédéric Chavanne 
Project Designer 

Nathalie Chavanne 
Facilitator 

Christian Demesy 
Head of Project 

Pierre Speldooren 
Project Coordinator 
 

Other Contributors 

Naïla Gauthier 
Facilitator - Les mamans du Coeur 

Jonathan Levy 
Pedagogy Advisor