The banlieue setting is rough and rife with violence and drug trafficking.
She must leave the banlieue, just as she insists to the school counselor, that she must go to high school.
Hot on the heels of the November 2005 banlieue riots, tensions remained high.
French, "suburbs, precincts," from Vulgar Latin *banleuca, from ban (see ban (n.1)) + leuca "a league (of distance)," in Medieval Latin, "indefinite extent of territory" (see league (n.2)). So, "the extent of a ban; the territory within which a ban is of force," hence, "territory subject to one jurisdiction."