Fifty years on: role of French Algerians in domestic politics


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In 1962 the French Mediterranean, from Perpignan to Nice, welcomed a good two thirds of the estimated 800,000 Algerians of French descent – known as Pieds-Noirs - who resettled in France after Algerian independence. Since the 1980s this same stretch of coastline has also been the main bastion of the far-right in France. In the local elections in 1995, for example, the four local communes or towns won by the far-right Front National (FN) - Marignane, Orange, Toulon and Vitrolles - were all in the south.