New law compels French schools to teach colonial glory

12/19/2005 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

A new law requiring that French schools teach positive aspects of France's colonial period has angered some immigrants, who say the more shameful practices of French imperialism are being "legislated away." Supporters, however, contend the new law is needed so that immigrant youth, whose riots rocked the country this fall, feel pride in their new country's history.

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