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French Soccer Moms: Protests on the streets of Paris are relatively ubiquitous. But correspondent Susan Sachs says that France's emerging immigrant sanctuary movement is different.

For example, the protests aren't springing from the poor, North African neighborhoods that ring Paris. This movement is occurring in middle-class suburbs and small towns across France "where immigrants are minorities, and tend to be invisible," says Susan. And the leaders are often the French equivalent of US soccer moms.

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"Most community activism in France is more organized. People form an association under the law, and get state subsidies. It's quite bureaucratic. What's happening now is more grass roots. This is personal," she says.

David Clark Scott
World editor