*** The French Intifada by Andrew Hussey


The author of The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and Its Arabs, an English journalist who has lived in France for decades, gives a wide context to the current tensions in France between North African immigrants and their children on the one hand and the established population on the other. He goes way back, to the 1830’s conquest of Algeria by France and shows how misguided policies created the  essential mistrust that plagues France and its immigrants to this day. The reader may not agree with all of the author’s conclusions — and certainly most French people or North African immigrants don’t know the details of the history between the two regions — but this stark, ambitious account is well worth reading.

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