Introduction to Part Three
This part introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters. The part explores the French political establishment's underlying reasons or motives for opposing both a violent Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) take-over and the FIS' inclusion in the political process in Algeria. It examines not only with French opposition to a violent FIS take-over but also to its coming to power through negotiations. The Franco-Algerian relationship might be questioned by the new regime, at least in the short- to medium-term. Franco-Algerian relations cannot be fully understood if it not realised that Algeria has remained a part of France in the French collective imaginary. Immigration issues raised by a FIS take-over or an inclusion of the FIS within the political process dealt with the risk of a massive influx of refugees from Algeria and with the risk of re-Islamisation within the Muslim community living in France.