Located in district 18 of Paris metropolitan area, La Goutte d’Or is home to a large population of migrants living inside metropolitan Paris. The area is classified by the French government as Zone Urbaine Sensible, due to the high crime rates and social deprivation.
From 1920s on, La Goutte d'Or witnessed a substantial influx of Algerian migrants (back then still a French territory) looking for better living conditions in the capital. The influx remained stable until 1950s, when another massive migration wave came, this time from West and Central Africa. Attracted by better opportunities in France, nationals from Ivory Coast, DRC, Senegal, Maurithania and other Sub-Saharan countries find in La Goutte d'Or a place to settle and maintain its cultures.
La Goutte d’Or is home to a variety of social issues in Paris. Drug trafficking, prostitution and regular violence are still part of the day to day life in the quartier. Paris City Hall wants to break the image ghetto of the Goutte d'Or and make it a popular area in Paris, but for local authorities, so-called 'normality' requires the integration of the population living there, into the Parisian way of living.
Shared telephone booth in Rue Doudeauville. Local residents rely on shared phones to contact relatives in their origin countries.
Traditional point of cigarette sale at metro station Barbès–Rochechouart.
A goat being kept during the last days of Ramadan.
Traditional street market at Rue Dejean.
Locals from La Goutte d'Or.
Children pose for a picture at square Léon.
Two men in la Goutte d'Or street.
Jocelyn, le Bachelor, well know figure in the Congo area in La Goutte d'Or.