This work discusses whether the youth riots in French Banlieues have a political dimension. Therefore, arguments will be given as to why the revolts in the autumn of 2005 can be considered as a social movement. In addition, aspects, other than causes and facts, such as the way the mobilisation was carried out and what forms of action were used, will be examined. Within these aspects the question of what role the main other players, besides the youths, the state and the mass media had, regarding the riots. Lastly a look will be cast upon whether there has been social change as a consequence of the riots and if the situation of the youths has improved since 2005.