Protests Threaten Security At Lenval Hospital Where Jolie Gave Birth
Posted on Tue Jul 15, 2008 09:57 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Residents in Nice protested this evening outside Lenval Hospital where Angelina Jolie's twins were born on Saturday (July 12), speaking out against what they say is the mayor's undue attention to a celebrity birth over the murder of a local youth which, they say, received little attention from officials in the southern French city.
The local family, originally from Tunisia, told X17 video cameras they demand justice for their 22 year -old son who was stabbed. The crowd chanted "We want justice!" A protester added that city officials have not paid attention to the boy's murder and that they have not been allowed to return his body to Tunisia. The man said Nice's mayor, Christian Estrosi, has been "celebrating the birth of the twins with Brad Pitt, meanwhile there has been no murder investigation and the killer [of the 22 year-old boy] is still running free in the city."
Protesters became enraged and some even tried to enter the hospital. Anti-riot police were brought in and Jolie's partner and the father of the twins, Brad Pitt, hired three extra bodyguards to secure the hospital.
The protest perhaps signifies a larger issue in France with immigrants, particularly those from north Africa, feeling they receive little attention or respect from the French government. Riots in March 2006 on the outskirts of Paris drew worldwide attention when young people burned cars in reaction to new labor laws that kept many immigrant students our of the French workplace. One protester today in Nice told X17, "France is our country; we respect French people; we love France; but when we're treated as if we're worthless, we love no one anymore."
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