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Yves Saint Laurent — And Other French Algerians…

By David Herman  

Visitors to Marrakech will remember the Yves Saint Laurent Gardens. The famous designer was born in French Algeria in 1936, one of that extraordinary generation of  cultural figures born between 1913 (Camus) and 1943 (Jacques Attali).  Others include:  Althusser (1918), Derrida (1930) and Physics Nobel Prize winner, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (1933). Fanon, though born in Martinique in 1925, later lived in Algeria.

Zinedine Zidane, though born in Marseille, was famously of Algerian descent, but belongs to another generation, which includes Olympic gold medallists and world champions, Noureddine Morceli and Hassiba Boulmerka, both champions at 1500 metres.

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