French authors of ‘colonial Paris’ guide hope to spark Rhodes Must Fall-style movement

While debate rages in the UK and across the English-speaking world about removing statues of Cecil Rhodes and General Lee and others deemed guilty of historic wrongs, in France there is barely a whimper.

A small band of militants, bent on highlighting their country’s colonial and slave-trading past, aims to change that.

Patrick Silberstein is one of them. The retired doctor, along with fellow activist Didier Epsztajn, will next month publish their Guide to Colonial Paris.