Goutte d’Or (golden drop) named after the white wine made by the vineyard covered the place once.
Fast forwarding five hundred years later, there is absolutely no sign of a single grape. Instead you can find plenty of north-African specialties. The neighborhood is known for its great numbers of immigrants from north Africa. In fact 35% of the population have their origins in Africa.
This neighbourhood never had a chance. While Paris high prices attracted usually the “bourgeoisie”, this area was always populated by the weaker population. Emile Zola, the famous French journalist, discussed Goutte d’Or in one of his essays. He described alcoholism as a disease that everyone in Goutte d’Or have caught.
When North Africa’s big immigration wave started, many immigrants chose to live in this area. The housing prices were much lower than in the rest in Paris.
Goutte d’Or – Not Recommended
This area is considered to be less safe than the rest of Paris. It is an area frequently visited by the police especially since the the muslin riots in 2005. The policemen are patrolling the area to make sure the riots won’t repeat, but unfortunately they do, at least once a year.
Many low budget tourists are attracted by the cheap accommodation in these areas. It is not recommended for women (and men) to walk alone in the street of Goutte d’Or in the night. It is probably better to find accommodation elsewhere even if it costs a bit more.
The rise of the terror in France increased the tension between Muslims and the rest of the population. Many French people feel torn. On the on hand they know many French Muslim people which are good citizens. But it is clear that the terror attacks were motivated by Muslim fundamentalists.
The future is unclear. Extreme right wing parties, in particularly the “Front National”, benefit the increase of violence. Hopeless French decide to vote for them, desperate for a miracle solution.