Law sparks debate over how to treat French colonial past

01/5/2006 | Christian Science Monitor, The

A little-noticed provision slipped into a bill last year requires French schools to teach the "positive character" of the French colonial era -- particularly when North Africa is concerned -- and has touched off a diplomatic and academic firestorm. While the government plans to form a commission to address the mandate, many French immigrants want to ensure their perspectives are included.

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