By an unfortunate accident of geography and fate, Le Moulin is located next to the commune of Vadreuil with its burgeoning population of orthodox Jews, thus setting up the central conflict of the novel.
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The riots and the subsequent police round-ups of those involved in criminal activities set Verdier to thinking about the nature of those under his jurisdiction and about his role as law enforcer. Richard Verdier was only a tiny cog in the machine. His role was to keep it supplied with new flesh. The rank and file who passed before him inspired in him a vague sense of pity, a slight touch of compassion, but no remorse. These young men, the majority explicitly identified as North African by their names, remind him of a word little used nowadays but which seems to him to be apposite as a description of the banlieusards as a class apart, an underclass, rather than a dangerous class: Verdier was already jubilant; this was promising.
By unearthing relics like this he was going to make enemies for himself. This rabble is utterly venal and troublesome. What could be better! Verdier sees a parallel between the defeated Communards Hugo evokes in his poem and the young men he has just sentenced during the riots.
The vous suggests, in the contemporary context, an attribution of collective responsibility for what they have become, and for the mutual mistrust between the state and the downtrodden: They are your terror and you are their fear. Newly qualified teacher Anna Doblinski arrives in Certigny in September to take up her first post at the local school.
Her preliminary visit to the town engenders a profound sense of discomfiture at having ventured into alien, rather threatening, territory: Her otherness, although largely internalised, is underlined by her colour and dress, though on her first day in school it is more problematically associated with her Jewish identity, something that her new, largely Muslim, pupils note very quickly.
Some teachers are unable to cope with that reality. The plight of English teacher Guibert, who is unable to control his pupils and regularly comes out of class with spittle on his jacket, is quietly ignored by the other teachers who see in his treatment a safety valve that protects the rest of them Jonquet, , p.
Even Anna, a novice teacher who has the inner reserves to cope and even retain some of her idealism, is brought up against and defeated by the limitations of the system. She develops a particular empathy for an unusually motivated pupil, Lakdar, who has a gift for drawing, but has been the victim of a medical accident that left his hand paralysed and thus robbed him of his ambition to become a cartoon artist.
The most striking example of this is the grooming of the intelligent, though naive, Lakdar by the older Slimane, a friend who has become radicalised in prison. Lakdar admires Slimane, who, unlike many of his age and background in Certigny, is well dressed and apparently successful. He thus establishes himself as a role model for the young boy, who eagerly watches the Islamist propaganda videos Slimane passes to him. One has a profound influence on him: The film is realistic enough to convince Lakdar of the truth of some of its wilder allegations.
Caretaker Bouchereau falls back on hackneyed racist slogans that fail to acknowledge the fact that the rioters are actually French, but instead play on fears of a dangerous, alien minority that does not really belong: The teachers also react to events by emphasising division, seeing their pupils as a threat: Nor is Anna immune from this instinct. The final pages of the novel see her turning to a much more defiant espousal of her religion than she has articulated before, as a reaction to the anti-Jewish feeling amongst her pupils.
Although he demonstrates that such groups are not well served by the state, his portrait of them is very much coloured by the chosen narrative perspective, which prioritises a view of Muslims as intrinsically threatening either as terrorists or individuals easily duped by anti-Semitic propaganda.
The Jewish characters are seen as justifiably defensive. While Anna is atheist and initially plays down her religious background, she reclaims it under pressure. The vultures were feasting in the burial ground of utopias. If such a man can have his convictions about the religious other shaken, there is little hope for a politically naive, albeit intelligent, youth such as Lakdar.
His distress at his injury is transformed from an undifferentiated anger at his lost opportunities into a fury against all who ill-treat Muslims, and he is persuaded, as he kills the young Jewish boy, that he is enacting a role in a holy war: The dangerous class in this novel is thus clearly, and problematically, identified as the Muslim minority.
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