French North Africa is divided into three parts. In each.
Frenchman and Arab, Christian cross and Islam crescent meet in uneasy union, but with differing degrees of hostility and hope. Besides Morocco, the French holdings:
Algeria (pop. 9,000,000 est.), which as a nation is strictly a French creation. Before the French landed in 1830, to chastise the Dey of Algiers for slapping their consul's face with a fly-whisk, the place had been a granary for Rome, a causeway to Western conquest for the Arabs, a nest for Barbary piratesbut never a state or nation.