The 38-million-euro (56-million-dollar) film began shooting on Monday in the Alpine town of Annecy and will continue for the next three months in various locations across France.
It is directed by Frenchman Pierre Morel, whose last work, "Taken," starring Liam Neeson, was also shot in Paris.
The scenes in the northern Paris suburb will be shot in the Montfermeil area in and around a high rise apartment block that is soon to be demolished as part of an urban renewal scheme.
Montfermeil, along with neighbouring Clichy-sous-Bois, was at the centre of riots in immigrant-populated suburbs by young people who complained of discrimination and social exclusion.
The unrest spread across France from October 2005 and lasted for about three weeks.