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Malians in France
Total population
120,000 [1]
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Montreuil-sous-Bois
French, Bambara
Majority Sunni Islam, minority Roman Catholicism, Atheism, Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Black people in France, Afro-French, Senegalese people in France, Guineans in France, Ivorians in France, Burkinabe in France, Nigeriens in France, Algerians in France, Mauritanians in France

The Malians in France ( French: Les Maliens en France) are people of Malian origin who live in France.


The first Malian immigrants came to France in the 1960s. At first, there were male workers from rural regions who came to find long-term employment in France. Then, in the 1970s, there were Family reunification's, in which the wives and children of previous male immigrants came to live in France as well. [2]


Most Malians in France are rural migrants who came from the Senegal River valley, [2] and from the region of Kayes [1] at the extreme south of Mali, a very poor and arid region, at the frontier with Senegal and Mauritania.

Notable people

See also

France-Mali relations


  1. ^ a b "Qui sont les Maliens de France ?". Le Monde. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Migration and links to the "country of origin": the example of Malians in France" (in French). 28 March 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2013.