France: The perpetual stranger

It took a school teacher for Fadela to realize she was not really French, despite having been born in the country and growing up there. I therefore wonder when was the first time she felt allegiance to Algeria.


Fadela Amara, French Secretary of State for Urban Policies and former president of the organization Ni Putes Ni Soumises:

"I am the child of Algerians who have chosen to fight alongside the FLN for the independence of Algeria, I knew how to face this unfortunate parenthesis (sic) of France, which has humiliated the country and the people of my heart. But I also know that France is capable of being wonderful and that it represents so well the ideals of freedom and equality.

Yes, I am proud to be French, even if I did not choose to be. I have to admit: the first time I realized that I was a foreigner was when, at school, my teacher asked me to raise the hand. At the time, on counting the number of foreigners in the class. Very naturally I told him: 'But I was born in
France, I am therefore French'. 'No, you are called Fadella,' he replied, 'you are therefore foreign'. This episode marked me apart.

So, when I was 17, I asked for a residence permit to keep immigrant status, as my parents. I did not want to cut the umbilical cord with them. Fortunately, despite the awkwardness of this teacher, the republican school saved me. I learned that if we at home certainly live differently according to our traditions, the school had it as a mission to prepare us for our future as citizens.

Souce: Nouvel Obs (French), with thanks to La Yijad en Eurabia for the tip and help in translation

See also: France: 50% Algerian, 50% French

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