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n. pl. ban·lieus (-lyœz′, -lyœ′)
A suburb of a French city, especially an economically depressed suburb with a large immigrant population.

[French, from Middle French, suburb, from Old French, the space extending about a league out around a town in which the town authorities had jurisdiction and read official proclamations : ban, official proclamation; see banns + lieue, liue, league; see league2.]
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a suburb of a city
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raised the brim of his hat), which hotels number thirteen, plus the Cour des Miracles, plus the Maladerie, called the Banlieue, plus the whole highway which begins at that Maladerie and ends at the Porte Sainte-Jacques.
Concentrated in the gritty, crime-ridden suburban neighborhoods (les banlieues) that encircle French cities and periodically explode into car-burning riots, Frances largely poor Muslim population is angry and restive in the face of a rising anti-immigrant tide, heavy-handed policing tactics, and declining living standards.
Les premiers avec l'accent du Sud-Ouest, les seconds avec cette langue metisse des banlieues parisiennes.
Alfortville to the south-east of Paris in the lie de France is one of those unlovely conglomerations that constitute so much of the Parisian banlieues. Like others of these modern suburbs it is a desolate place without logic or centre, facing an industrial sprawl on the other side of the Seine.
Now the generation of North Africans who came to France in the 60's, have children who came of age in the ghetto-like banlieues - children who - unlike their parents who earned a living doing menial labour - were supposed to benefit from the advantages of French citizenship and education.
C'est alors qu'elle tombe sur un groupe de jeunes de banlieues qui voit en Mohamed Merah, un heros, une icone, bien plus, un martyr.
Il s'agit d'un feuilleton intitule [beaucoup moins que] Jirah El Ayam [beaucoup plus grand que] (Les blessures des jours), qui raconte l'histoire de familles algeriennes des banlieues d'Alger.
Les services meteorologiques des Etats-Unis avaient decrete l'etat d'urgence a Moore et d'autres banlieues d'Oklahoma City.
cultural, economic, political, and social realities of the banlieues,
of London, UK) examines French urban policy, focusing on a specific program initiated in 1981, meant to address the problems of social housing neighborhoods in banlieues of French cities (suburbs that consist mostly of high-rise social housing projects, like inner cities in the US).