Malagasy people in France

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Malagasy people in France
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Lyon, Réunion, Mayotte, Bordeaux
Malagasy, French
Roman Catholicism, Protestantism Islam
Related ethnic groups
Merina, Betsimsarika

Malagasy people in France consist of migrants from Madagascar and their descendants living and working in France.


The first wave of immigrants from Madagascar who came in France were soldiers recruited as colonial troops into the French Armed Forces to fight in the World Wars. After 1947, some Malagasy nationalist students came to study in French schools and universities.[1] The second wave of immigrants began in 1975, because of the political instability in Madagascar.[1] The third wave, which began in 1990s, is composed mostly of economic migrants.[1]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "La diaspora malgache a-t-elle une identité? Une communauté transparente difficile à caractériser", Madagascar Tribune, 2 September 2009, retrieved 2013-06-22