Arash Derambarsh has a unique perspective on the deadly Paris attacks that took place late last Friday night. He is a young Parisian, son to immigrant parents who fled terrorism in Iran in the 1970s, and a rising star in local French politics. The City Councilor of Courbevoie—a commune just outside the center of Paris—is also mourning the death of a friend who was killed in the attacks. Fusion’s Jorge Ramos spoke to Derambarsh about what could have motivated the terrorists that night and how Paris is coping.
The Councilor spoke about an ongoing problem in France not totally unfamiliar to many European countries. He said there is a divide between the French population with deep, generation-long, ties to the country, and the newer, immigrant communities. He called it an “integration” problem.
While the councilman acknowledged there could be another terrorist attack on the city at any given moment, he believes France has a duty to allow immigrants into the country. He said these communities are not coming to France for pleasure; they are escaping war.
“It’s very important that a country like France, on a continent like Europe, can welcome [these] persons,” he told Ramos. “We [cannot] say to them, ‘You are not welcome.'”
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