Parisian journalist and her banker husband, firmly ensconced in France’s
middle class, are barred from renting an apartment despite their ability
to pay. Native French citizens recall childhoods in which they were told to “go
back where they came from.” Professionals learn to diplomatically, but wearily,
deflect a question persistently posed by their peers: “But where are you
These are among the anecdotes of alienation that Jean Beaman—an
assistant professor of sociology at Purdue—has heard from France’s oft-
marginalized community of middle-class citizens of North African descent.
Liberté, Égalité, et Fraternité–For All?