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France: Still the One and Indivisible Republic?
France: Still the one and indivisible republic?

That France is a long-standing country of immigration but has not defined itself as a nation of immigrants is not unusual in itself. Other European countries have not understood themselves as immigration countries either. This chapter focuses on national particularities, points to some convergence with other European countries and explores European integration's impact. The chapter shows that debates in France about immigration were actually debates about nationality and citizenship. They were shaped by responses to movement to France by Muslims from France's former Maghrebi colonies, but also by a perceived ‘crisis of integration’ that had much deeper roots in French society. The ensuing debates about ...

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