The inscriptions "loup gris" (gray wolf) and "RTE" (for Recep Tayyip Erdogan) were written on the facade of the national memory center of Armenia in Décines, France 2022.
  • Aurélien Denizeau

The Turkish Diaspora in France

France has a comparatively large Turkish population. Almost 600,000 residents have Turkish nationality themselves, or were born to Turkish parents. Significant labour migration began in the 1970s, followed by family reunifications. Turkish political and religious organisations are very visible, although often comparatively small. Since the 2000s, the Turkish community has increasingly become politically active. This has created tensions around issues such as the Armenian Genocide and the French government’s moves to tighten control over Muslim organisations. However, Turkish nationalist and Muslim associations are poorly organised and deeply divided. Moreover, a gradual diplomatic rapprochement between France and Turkey since 2021 has eased tensions within France.

Centre for Applied Turkey Studies (CATS), CATS Network Paper, No. 06, 08 May 2024, 31 Pages