Sub-Saharan African community of Paris

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The Paris metropolitan area has a community of origins from Sub-Saharan Africa. There were 54,000 persons of African nationalities, excluding Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, according to the 2009 French census. Countries of origin in sub-Saharan Africa include Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mali, and Senegal.[1]

There was a significant increase in persons of sub-Saharan African origins residing in Paris from 1960 to 1992.[2]


As of circa 1995 the favored locations for sub-Saharan African settlement in the city of Paris included the 18th, 19th, and 20th arrondissements. In addition the following suburban municipalities had African settlement: Charenton, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Ivry-sur-Seine, Montreuil, and Pantin.[2]

Montreuil's inhabitants often exaggeratedly nickname the town the "second Malian town after Bamako", or sometimes "Mali-sous-Bois"[3] or "Bamako-sur-Seine" even though the Seine does not run through the town. Montreuil does indeed have a large Malian population : more than 2,000 inhabitants according to the INSEE in 1999, between 6,000 and 10,000 people according to the mairie,[4] which estimates that Montreuil has the largest Malian community in France.[3] 10% of the population is Malian or has Malian origins.[5]


The musical style coupé-décalé emphasizes the relationship between Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Paris.[6]

Notable persons

See also


  • Jules-Rosette, Bennetta. Black Paris: The African Writers' Landscape (World literature: Cultural studies). University of Illinois Press, 2000. ISBN 0252069358, 9780252069352.


  1. ^ Sealy, Amanda. "African flavor at the heart of Paris" (Archive). CNN. November 8, 2012. Retrieved on May 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Jules-Rosette, p. 149.
  3. ^ a b Bordier, Julien (2005-10-06). "Mali-sous-Bois". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  4. ^ (in French) Le cercle de Yelimané sur le site de la mairie de Montreuil
  5. ^ (in French) c dans l'air émission du 04/04/2012
  6. ^ Ogola, George, Anne Schumann, and Michael Olutayo Olatunji. "Popular Music, New Media, and the Digital Public Sphere in Kenya, Côte d'Ivoire, and Nigeria" (Chapter 12). In: Mudhai, Okoth Fred, Wisdom J. Tettey, and Fackson Banda (editors). African Media and the Digital Public Sphere (The Palgrave Macmillan Series in International Political Communication). Palgrave Macmillan, May 26, 2009. ISBN 0230621759, 9780230621756. Start: p. 203. CITED: p. 212.

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