Kurds in France
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Kurds in France
Kurds in France
Regions with significant populations
150,000[1] ~0,2% of the population
Kurdish, French, (some knowledge of Turkish, Arabic and Persian)
Sunni Islam, Yazidism
Related ethnic groups
Iranian peoples

Kurds in France may refer to people born in or residing in France of full or partial Kurdish origin.

There is a large Kurdish community in France, numbering around 150,000[1] people. This makes the Kurdish community in France the second largest Kurdish community in the Kurdish diaspora, after Kurds in Germany.

Immigration history

In France, Kurdish immigrant workers from Turkey first arrived in the second half of the 1960s.[2] Thousands of political Kurdish refugees fled from Turkey during the 1970s and onward, from Iraq and Iran during the 1980s and 1990s, and from Syria during the Syrian Civil War.[2]

Political activism

In October 2014, Kurds in France and other European countries marched in protest at what they perceived as Turkish collaboration with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant during the Siege of Kobani.[3][4]

On 25 July 2015, Kurds marched in Paris to protest Turkish airstrikes in Iraqi Kurdistan on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) positions.

On 12 October 2019, thousands of Kurds in France marched to protest the 2019 Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria.[5]

Notable Kurds in France

See also


  1. ^ a b The cultural situation of the Kurds
  2. ^ a b "The Kurdish Diaspora". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Thousands march in France, Germany, Austria to support Kobane Kurds". 12 October 2014. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "PressTV". www.presstv.ir. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Offensive turque en Syrie : de violents combats sur le terrain, des milliers de manifestants en France". Le Monde.fr. 12 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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