Book: La France noire (Black France)

Book cover La France Noire
A book, an exhibition and three films will tell, from November 3th, the story of "La France noire" ("Black France"): three centuries of blacks in France.

In the light of Black Britain (2007) by Paul Gilroy, "Le Paris noir" (Hazan, 2001) or Black Paris (2007), this book will be a unique reference of three centuries of blacks in France, from all communities and all over the world for three centuries of shared history.

The books is also part a program by the research group ACHAC (Association pour la connaissance de l'histoire de l'Afrique contemporaine), a program which is at the crossroads of several anniversaries: the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the war in Algeria, the 65th anniversary of the departmentalisation of the "old colonies" (Antilles, French Guiana and Réunion), the 80th anniversary of the French Colonial Exhibition (1931) and the 10th anniversary of the law Taubira (2001), a law which recognises slavery as a crime against humanity.

Browse in a digital viewing copy of a part of the book at

Read more about the book and the exhibition here


  1. This is random, but could someone recommend other books about Black French History? I'm looking for as early a history as possible. I prefer books written in English, but French will work fine.

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