The president of Algeria mentioned the figure of six million Algerians living in France. A figure used by the French far right. True or false?
According to far-right media, six million Algerians live in France. A figure taken up by the polemicist Eric Zemmour to denounce massive Algerian immigration. Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune himself said on France 24 in July 2020: « We have nearly six million Algerians living in France who can bring something there and here.
« Three million » not more
Algerian immigrants are people born in Algeria and living in France. They were in 2020 871,000, far from the six million. If we take into account their children born in France with one of the two Algerian immigrant parents, it makes a total of two million. And even if we add their grandchildren, we are far from the six million. « We’re below the three million mark no matter what, » says Patrick Simon, a researcher at INED. The Algerian authorities have not explained the origin of this figure.