In France, you are French. Not African French
Posted on October 13, 2009
Unlike much of Europe, France is an immigrant nation, the number of immigrants having risen from one million in 1881 to 2 million by 1962 to 3.7 million by 1982. (It has dropped a bit since then.) It is estimated that 20 percent to 25 percent of the present population has an immigrant background.
But being a French citizen means you’re not categorized as African French or Southeast Asian French or West Indian French; you’re just plain French. That’s the republican ideal, citizenship bestowing theoretical equality, belying the reality of racism. French schoolchildren are steeped in the concept of a single France. The law actually forbids taking a census according to ethnic or racial categories.
Ready or Not, France Opens Museum on Immigration
The French are facing problem with its new citizens with various backgrounds especially the uneducated Muslims from Africa . They don’t know the size of the problem because their citizenship form prohibits asking for details like religion.
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