AFRICA-ON-THE-SEINE: THREE CENTURIES OF HISTORY
According to former French President Francois Mitterrand, "France of the 21st century will be African"1. The African presence in France is becoming increasingly evident among not only low-income suburban residents, but also very wealthy people who have achieved popularity in show business, sports, economics, art and politics. Today, the number of immigrants in the country from Tropical Africa is about 2.4 million, 2 and if the dynamics of the expansion of the African diaspora continues at the current level, this may lead to a gradual Africanization of French society.3 In the last decade, dozens of books have been published in France on immigration from its former colonies. The most fundamental work in this field is the book "Black France: Three Centuries of Presence" edited by P. Blanchard, S. Chalais, E. Deroo, D. Thom and M. Teamer4, published at the end of 2011, a few months before the next presidential election. This book is a true illustrated encyclopedia that brings together a comprehensive chronology of the Afro-Antillean presence in France, supported by reliable facts and digital data taken from various sources. In addition, it is beautifully designed and equipped with more than 750 illustrative documents, some of which are also given in this article. In the preface to the book "Black France: three centuries of presence", a well-known Congolese writer, winner of the French literary Prize, Renaud A. Mabancu, asks how much the idea of the "average Frenchman" corresponds to the current stereotypes - after all, black Frenchmen ("Noir-frangais"), being full citizens of the country, "write and they rewrite the pages of her story with colored pencils."5. It should also be emphasized that in the French title of the book, the word "presence" is used in the plural. Thus, we are dealing not just with a presence, but with presences, and the" black " diaspora in France, which includes people from North and Tropical Africa, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean Islands, and Ocea ... Read more
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