A reader: “Having lived a couple of years in central France, I can confirm
to you: It is common knowledge and universally understood that there are
no-go areas in the big cities where the police don’t enter but for
exceptional reasons, and then in platoons. The projects are called HLM
there, and your article describes the situation accurately.
“I would be interested to know if there are stats on such areas in the USA.
It may be urban legend, it may be fact, but it is often said here that the
projects in Chicago, for example, aren’t entered by cops but for excpetional
reasons, and then in platoons.”