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The Marseilles Counterpoint: The Pieds-Noirs And The Jews

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The pieds-noirs make a cult of nostalgia and see the present through the prism of their past experience. The real or supposed proximity which our pieds-noirs informants had with the Jews and the Muslims in North Africa is advanced as a proof of their knowledge of them. The experience which the pieds-noirs believes he has of a community oriented lifestyle, even enables him to intercede (at least in discursive mode) in favour of the Muslims who, in his opinion, appear to have been wronged by way of comparison with the Jews. At least for the oldest, the experience of French Algeria does not seem to have contributed in any great way to the pieds-noirs tolerance when it comes to the Muslims or the Jews.

Keywords: community oriented lifestyle; French Algeria; Jews; Muslims; nostalgia; pieds-noirs



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