http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2114296,00.html Forget the French idyll portrayed in such books as A Year in Provence. France is being forced to confront her dark side as details emerge of horrific crimes in the suburbs. Testimony from this grim underbelly, the immigrant banlieues Ã¢â¬â literally Ã¢â¬Åplaces of banishmentÃ¢â¬ Ã¢â¬â has fortified the eliteÃ¢â¬â¢s view of young immigrants on the wrong side of the Paris ring road as Ã¢â¬Åbarbarians at the gateÃ¢â¬. ...Halimi was imprisoned and tortured with acid and cigarette burns for more than three weeks in the heart of a council estate. More than 30 neighbours in the building knew what was happening but said nothing about the crime, part of a worrying wave of attacks against Jews all over the country. Besides Yalda, several women have been arrested in an investigation into their role in botched efforts to lure other Jewish men into Ã¢â¬Åhoney trapsÃ¢â¬. Ã¢â¬ÅHe wanted a Jew,Ã¢â¬ a girl called Audrey told police, referring to Youssouf Fofana, the charismatic leader of the Barbarians, who was listed by the girls in their telephone directories as Ã¢â¬ÅYoussouf the barbarinÃ¢â¬.