The French Intifada

The French Intifada

The Long War Between France and Its Arabs

Book - 2014
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Beyond the affluent centre of Paris and other French cities, in the deprived banlieues, a war is going on. This is the French Intifada, a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its Empire, for whom the mantra of 'liberty, equality, fraternity' conceals a bitter history of domination, oppression, and brutality. This war began in the early 1800s, with Napoleon's aggressive lust for all things Oriental, and led to the armed colonization of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, and decades of bloody conflict, all in the name of 'civilization'. Here, against the backdrop of the Arab Spring, Andrew Hussey walks the front lines of this war - from the Gare du Nord in Paris to the souks of Marrakesh and the mosques of Tangier - to tell the strange and complex story of the relationship between secular, republican France and the Muslim world of North Africa. The result is a completely new portrait of an old nation. Combining a fascinating and compulsively readable mix of history, politics and literature with Hussey's years of personal experience travelling across the Arab World, The French Intifada reveals the role played by the countries of the Magreb in shaping French history, and explores the challenge being mounted by today's dispossessed heirs to the colonial project: a challenge that is angrily and violently staking a claim on France's future.
Publisher: London : Granta Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781847081476
1847081479
Characteristics: x, 441 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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Jan 06, 2015

Perhaps the best account of the historic relation between France and the countries and peoples of the Middle East and Maghreb available in English. A perspective and nuanced judgment sadly lacking in most English-language comment on the area. A succinct account of the 'roots' of anger - particularly of the young. The strongest part of the book is the lengthy description and analysis of the history of France's dealings with Algeria. Fortement recommandé.

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