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French activist: ‘Now we have a real left’

Nora from Avignon has been working with newly arrived immigrants in France’s impoverished urban areas – the quartiers populaires – for many years. She explained what drew her to the NPA.

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‘In our areas we haven’t known the Marxist or Communist or social-democratic left that existed before.

The only left we’ve known has never been a real left for us. It’s always been a clientelist left.

A left that only turned up when it needed us – to represent “colour” or ethnic diversity.

The NPA is different because it’s made up of people who are disappointed with this left, and that’s why I joined.

It will put the question of the quartiers populaires to the fore, and the diversity that makes up France today.

What gives the NPA its richness is its diversity but there’s still a lot of misunderstanding as far as the problems of life in the quartiers populaires are concerned.

I think we’ve got two years of hard work ahead of us.

There’s still some ignorance over questions like the Islamic headscarf but over the next two years ideas will change and there’ll be an evolution – a reciprocal education.’

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Tue 10 Feb 2009, 18:24 GMT
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