Senegalese people in France
|Regions with significant populations|
|Paris, Île-de-France, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Le Havre|
|French, Wolof, Fula|
|Majority Islam, minority Roman Catholicism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Black people in France, Afro-French|
Before World War II
Before World War II, Senegalese in France were in huge minority. The first Senegalese people in France were mostly Senegalese Tirailleurs who served France in World Wars and who settled in France after war. There were also navigators in ports and Senegalese students in French universities. There were also Senegalese domestic workers in France at that time.
After World War II
From the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, the Senegal River valley experienced a great deal of climate change. Because there were few industries in Senegal, people emigrated to France to find jobs. The first wave of Senegalese immigration to France took place, like other sub-Saharian waves, around 1964.