A Fresh Start for Sarkozy?

Sarkozy should seize the opportunity to repair his relationship with France's immigrant communities, write Spencer Boyer and Matthew Forgotson.

After watching the recent violence in France following the deaths of two minority teenagers who collided with a police cruiser, many are wondering whether French President Nicolas Sarkozy has learned anything since the last major riots in 2005. The jury is still out, but what is clear is that he’s been given one of those rare opportunities for a second chance. Sarkozy should seize the moment to rebuild trust with immigrant communities in France. While the United States continues to struggle with similar issues in minority communities, there are things the French can learn from the American experience.

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