Berbers in France

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Berbers in France
Zinedine Zidane 2008.jpg
French footballer Zinedine Zidane is of Berber descent
Total population
2,000,000[1][2]
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg, Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse.
Languages
French, Berber languages
Religion
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Berbers

Berbers in France are people of Berber descent living in France. Berbers in France, who generally call themselves Amazigh and not Maghrebis, are estimated to number around 2 million people.[3][4]

Racism against Berbers[edit]

In March 1990, according to a poll reported in Le Monde, 76% of those polled said that there were too many Berbers in France while 39% said they had an "aversion" to Berbers.[5] In the following years, Interior Minister Charles Pasqua was noted for dramatically toughening immigration laws.[6]

In May 2005, riots broke out between North Africans and Romani people in Perpignan, after a young North African man was shot dead and another North African man was lynched by a group of Roma.[7][8]

The "Hijab ban" law, presented as secularization of schools, and supported by all major parties in the French parliament, as well as many feminists,[9] was interpreted by its critics as an "indirect legitimization of anti-Muslim stereotypes, fostering rather than preventing racism."[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yazid Sabeg et Laurence Méhaignerie, Les oubliés de l'égalité des chances, Institut Montaigne, 2004
  2. ^ Pour une histoire sociale du berbère en France, Salem Shaker, Inalco, 2004
  3. ^ Yazid Sabeg et Laurence Méhaignerie, Les oubliés de l'égalité des chances, Institut Montaigne, 2004
  4. ^ Pour une histoire sociale du berbère en France, Salem Shaker, Inalco, 2004
  5. ^ Dwyer, Katherine (1997). "France's New Nazis: The Resistible Rise of Jean-Marie LePen". International Socialist Review (2). ISSN 0020-8744. 
  6. ^ a b Hamilton, Kimberly; Simon, Patrick; Veniard, Clara (November 2004). "The Challenge of French Diversity". Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  7. ^ "'Race killing' sparks French riot". BBC News. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  8. ^ Rowling, Megan (June 6, 2005). "French riots borne of mutual exclusion". Al Jazeera. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  9. ^ Alex Duval Smith: France divided as headscarf ban is set to become law The Guardian, February 1, 2013