Since the early 1980s France’s North African community has been at the center of ongoing debates about French citizenship and the prospects for incorporating new ethnic minorities into the nation. From the tightening of traditionally generous citizenship laws to the media frenzy surrounding the wearing of Islamic headscarves in public schools, North Africans reveal profound French anxieties about the strength and vitality of the nation. Long targeted by the far-right National Front and disproportionately affected by racially motivated acts of violence, numerous public opinion polls express serious reservations about the ability of Muslim North Africans to find a place in French society.


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