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Les Nubians

Although it is illegal for the French state to collect data on ethnicity and race, a law with its origins in the 1789 revolution and reaffirmed in the constitution of 1958, various population estimates exist. One source states that there are 1.5 million black people in France, while another states 1.865 million, equivalent to just under 4 per cent of the population, with another still suggesting that the black population is in the order of 3–5 million. It is estimated that four out of five black people in France are of African descent, with the remainder being of Caribbean ancestry.

Some organizations, such as the Representative Council of Black Associations (French: Conseil représentatif des associations noires de France, CRAN), have argued in favour of the introduction of data collection on minority groups but this has been resisted by other organizations and ruling politicians, often on the grounds that collecting such statistics goes against France's secular principles and harks back to Vichy-era identity documents. During the 2007 presidential election, however, Nicolas Sarkozy was polled on the issue and stated that he favoured the collection of data on ethnicity. Part of a parliamentary bill which would have permitted the collection of data for the purpose of measuring discrimination was rejected by the Conseil Constitutionnel in November 2007.


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Comment by Jon Vee on November 6, 2010 at 7:12pm
That's going to be a long search Lydell.... Because I'm such a mixing bowel of so many but I'll look into it.
Comment by Lydell Jackson on November 6, 2010 at 6:27pm
Thank you Brother Wes! I'll keep doing what I can as time allows. Sister Jon Vee, you should try to find out more about your matter what they say...cause they say a lot and you may be surprised at what you actually find is true...
Comment by Wes Barnard on November 6, 2010 at 6:16pm
Brother Lydell,
Thank you so much for enriching our education about our brothers in France. I often forget that we have people of color worldwide, not just in the West. Thanks for the history lesson and please keep it up? Peace, my brother.
Comment by Jon Vee on November 6, 2010 at 6:10pm
This is where they say my people are from France and the caribbean on one side.
Comment by Lydell Jackson on November 6, 2010 at 5:11pm

Joseph de Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was one of the most remarkable figures of the 18th century. Incredibly, this son of a slave rose to the top of French society through his mastery of fencing and his genius for classical music! His dual career is illustrated in the above portrait. He is dressed for a concert but holds a sword in place of a conductor's baton. The painting was done in London in 1787 by the American artist Mather Brown. It has been graphically enhanced on this page.

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