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The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs

Sunday 30 March 2014

1 Hour


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Britain’s leading commentator on France Andrew Hussey examines the tortured relationship between France and its ex-colonies, from the early days of empire to contemporary eruptions of violence in the Paris suburbs. Hussey says there is a war going on in the deprived banlieues of France’s cities between the French state and the former subjects of its empire. Hussey mixes history, politics and literature and his own extensive personal experience to paint a new picture of France and its war. He looks at Napoleon’s obsession with all things Oriental and the armed colonization of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia that led to decades of bloody conflict. And he reveals the role played by the Magreb countries in shaping French history and the challenge being mounted today on France by the dispossessed heirs of empire.

Hussey is Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris, writer/presenter of several BBC documentaries on French food and art, and author of The Game of War: The Life and Death of Guy Debord, and Paris: The Secret History.