The streets of Paris have erupted into inter-migrant strife as North African youths have targeted ‘rich’ Chinese migrants amid growing tensions.
Police in France recorded more than 200 attacks on Chinese immigrants last year, mostly from hostile migrant gangs.
This comes amid a growing perception that recent migrants from North Africa have become “too demanding” and consider themselves “victims” who deserve pity.
Contrary to this, the long-standing Chinese community in Paris has gained a reputation for being “hard-working and managing without taxpayer help”.
In a report from German channel DW, a Chinese migrant named Woo described how agang of North African youths attacked him in his home last November.
He said that the yobs threatened him and his wife with a knife and smashed his head, after which broke in and stole his valuables.
He added: “I am scared. I don’t feel safe anymore.”
Yvon Sun, who works as a liaison for the Chinese community in Paris, echoed these remarks and said among a rise of recent assaults, a gang of African migrants had robbed a pair of young children under 10 years old and threatened them with a knife.
In August last year, a Chinese man was killed in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers after being attacked during a botched robbery.
While the crime rate grows, local migrants from North Africa have been unafraid to voice their prejudices.
One told the programme: “That’s the way it is. I don’t like the Chinese.”
Another added: “The Chinese have become too rich in France. That’s not fair. They have nice clothes and big cars.”
Despite this visible hostility, police have largely refused to intervene while locals have complained that security services rarely investigate many of the crimes.
Guylain Chevrier, a French sociologist, said the pattern quickly emerged following the refugee wave last year.
He said: “The Chinese community is thought to be a community where things go well, where people manage on their own.
“This is compared to other immigrants who are much more demanding and consider themselves as victims.”
Mr Chevrier added that authorities often took an extremely “passive attitude” toward anything going on within “Muslim communities”