African Businesses and Entities in Paris
Paris is the capital and largest city in France. With a city population of 2.2 million and a metro of 12 million it is the second largest metro in the EU after London. However when it comes to the Black population in Europe, Paris is second to none. An article in the New York Times stated that estimates vary between 3 million and 5 million. It is estimated that four out of five black people in France are of African immigrant origin, with the minority being chiefly of Caribbean ancestry. Many Africans live in the Eastern Suburbs like Sarcelles and Saint Denis. Goutte D’Or is another important neighborhood as well.
France had colonies all over Africa and the Caribbean and granted citizenship to all its colonial subjects (similar to Netherlands). So prior to many countries becoming independent, anyone could claim their citizenship with ease. This extended to the family members born after France severed ties with its former colonies. For example, a man born in colonial Senegal could claim French citizenship. After independence, he could marry a Senegalese national and her path to citizenship was much shorter. Their children would be French citizens as well.
This law has since been changed, but it was in place for decades allowing for hundreds of thousands of Africans to migrate to France. They’ve concentrated in Paris following the trend of migrants to cluster in large metropolitan areas (access to jobs, social networks etc…)
There are 1.2 million African immigrants in the Paris area the highest population of African immigrants in the world. With Malians, Senegalese, and Ivorians being the top African nationalities.