Immigration and National Identity: North African Political by Rabah Aissaoui

By Rabah Aissaoui

Immigration is on the middle of social, cultural and political debate in France, a rustic nonetheless suffering to return to phrases with its postcolonial legacy. the following Assaoui offers a thorough re-assessment of the assumptions approximately immigrants and ethnic and nationwide id via a learn of the Maghrebis, in particular their political mobilization from the colonial to the postcolonial interval. Combining insights from the archive and interviews with political activists, he examines the diaspora’s voice and their fight opposed to racism and oppression. via a examine of key political events, he exhibits how they developed a strong and constant political culture and charts the advance, in France, of the Algerian anti-colonial and nationalist flow, in addition to new types of political activism in the course of the Nineteen Seventies. Immigration and nationwide identification foregrounds the migrants’ viewpoint and the required ancient history to the fraught modern context of immigrant groups in France. will probably be important for all these excited about immigration, colonialism and postcolonialism, cultural stories, sociology and the research of up to date France.

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The Fédération des élus – led by elite French-educated Algerian notables favourable to assimilation – and the Association des Oulémas, with the support of the communists in Algeria, held a joint THE EMERGENCE OF THE MESSALIST MOVEMENT 25 Muslim congress in Algiers on 7 June 1936 from which members of the ENA were excluded. They produced a loyalist charter that included progressive reforms in favour of the Algerian population. On 20 July 1936, a delegation was sent to Paris to present the Front populaire government with a list of moderate demands.

New sections were set up in provincial France and in North Africa where the ENA had correspondents, and contacts had been established with the Association de défense des Nord-Africains (North African Defence Association) based in Marseilles. They were also considering setting up a North African students association to be led by the Tunisian Ahmed Ben Milad, who was a member of the PCF. 25 It was sold through local sections of the ENA and by correspondents in provincial France. 26 In 1928, the ENA refocused its mobilization campaign.

Algiers is almost in a state of siege. Pickets of policemen are mounting guard everywhere. A regime of terror has been imposed by the police. Anyone mentioning Messali’s name is charged. As for Tlemcen, one expects that martial law will be declared any day now. The authorities are deploying considerable force. 88 News of the arrests and of police repression triggered demonstrations in Algeria (Algiers, Tlemcen, Blida, Oran) and in France (Paris, Lyons and other major industrial centres). The Jeunesses du Congrès musulman algérien, an association grouping young congress militants expressed their support for the PPA leadership.

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