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MURDER OF 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL FUELS DIVISION WITHIN FRANCE

On Monday, October 24 a 12-year-old French girl was laid to rest in Northern France. The details surrounding the young girl’s heinous death were described by French President Emmanuel Macron as evil. A 24-year-old Algerian-born woman allegedly raped, tortured, and ultimately killed the Parisian girl only known by her first name, Lola.

It is unclear whether the murder suspect had an accomplice and reports indicate that she may suffer from mental illness. The shocking nature of Lola’s demise have reignited debates about the country’s immigration laws.

What happened in France?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

Videos:

News Articles:

Parents of girl found in suitcase urge French politicians to stop exploiting death

THE GUARDIAN

October 21, 2022

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/21/parents-of-murdered-girl-urge-french-politicians-to-stop-exploiting-her-death

France’s President Macron meets parents of murdered 12-year-old girl

AL ARABIYA

October 18, 2022

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/world/2022/10/18/France-s-President-Macron-meets-parents-of-murdered-12-year-old-girl-

Gruesome killing of 12-year-old girl shocks France and sparks far-right backlash
NBC NEWS

October 20, 2022

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/killing-12-year-old-girl-lola-france-far-right-immigration-backlash-rcna52907

France: 12-year-old girl Lola laid to rest after ‘evil’ murder

WION

October 24, 2022

https://www.wionews.com/world/france-12-year-old-girl-lola-laid-to-rest-after-evil-murder-527989

News Articles (Analyses):

Far-right march in France brands immigrants ‘murderers’

ANADOLU AGENCY

October 23, 2022

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/far-right-march-in-france-brands-immigrants-murderers/2718709

Is European politics beginning another lurch to the right?

EURONREWS

October 24, 2022

https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/10/24/is-european-politics-beginning-another-lurch-to-the-right

‘Justice for Lola’: France’s Far-Right Is Exploiting a 12-Year-Old Girl’s Murder

VICE

October 24, 2022

https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgy7mk/lola-murder-paris-france-far-right

Lola: France’s far right adopts murdered schoolgirl

BBC NEWS

October 24, 2022

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63373494

Assessment:

 Writing: What is the significance of Lola’s murder?

 Debate:  What factors contributed to Lola’s murder?

 Poll: Should those living in France illegally be put into administrative detention?

Short Answer: What are the ramifications if the far-right gains power in France?

QUIZ:

The murder suspect was in France illegally after overstaying her visa and ignored orders to leave. (T/F)

The leader of the far-right Reconquest party has been quick to brand Lola’s murder as an attack on the French people. (T/F)

Italy and Sweden have recently seen far-left political parties gain power. (T/F)

Which of the following countries is Africa’s largest gas supplier?

  1. Morocco.
  2. Algeria.
  3. Tunisia.
  4. Egypt.

Roughly what percentage of people in France support placing those living in the country without permission into administrative detention?

a.20

b.40.

c.60.

d.80.

How many people are currently living in France without the appropriate documents.

a.600,000-700,000

b.800,000-900,000

c.1,000,000-1,5000,000

Over 1.5 million

 

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