Black France : the history of France’s black community and their long struggle for recognition (Al Jazeera TV in September 20I3)
septembre 2013 | Sortie de film, livre, album… | Cinéma/TV | France
Source : Europe Belgium Diversity (EBD), avec Al Jazira


Watch Featured Documentary – Black France: Conflicting identities‏
La version anglaise du documentaire NOIRS DE FRANCE (Juan Gelas, France) sur Al Jazeera, en Septembre 2013


In May 2013, France’s National Assembly successfully voted on a bill to remove the words ‘race’ and ‘racial’ from the country’s penal code.

French President Francois Hollande ran on a platform promising to eliminate the word ‘race’ from France’s constitution. But critics were quick to point out the disparity between constitutional reform and actual practice.

Between one and five million French citizens claim African or Caribbean heritage. These numbers are, however, estimates, as population censuses do not recognise race.

For over a century, black immigrants, though never officially identified as different, were treated as ‘others’.

Even today, of France’s 577 members of parliament, only five are black.

This three-part series tells the story of blacks in France – a long history of segregation, racism, protest, violence, culture and community building – from the turn of the 20th century until the present day.

Black French Struggle History
Featured Documentary – Black France: Conflicting identities

A three-part series looking at the history of France’s black community
and their long struggle for recognition.

This episode can be seen from Thursday, September 12.

Black France can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Thursday: 2000; Friday: 1200; Saturday: 0100; Sunday: 0600; Monday: 2000; Tuesday: 1200; Wednesday: 0100; Thursday: 0600.
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