In 2005, the city of Clichy-sous-Bois, in the Seine-Saint-Denis area, just outside of Paris, suddenly and tragically makes the news. The community is shocked by the deaths of two young men, Zyed and Bouna, electrocuted while trying to escape a police control. A whole generation of teenagers takes to the streets for several nights, shouting their anger and pain. Their voices are heard and echoed by most French suburbs that also go out in flames. Ten years later, Clichy-sous-Bois has not forgotten. Since then, it has become the symbol of challenges and difficulties faced by inhabitants of France’s suburban cities. In Bas-Clichy, with its degraded and forgotten buildings, very little has in fact changed.
Born in Sète, France, Hervé Lequeux works with both magazine and daily press, with Studios Hans Lucas acting as distributor. His documentaries question French and European identity through the issue of immigration.
In 2011, he covered Egyptian, Tunisian and Libyan revolutions, of which he still follows the aftermath.
In 2012, he was granted by Centre national des arts plastiques (C.N.A.P.) to pursue his stories on youth. In 2015, Editions Bessard published a Zinecollection titled “A French Youth”.