France lies at the crossroads of Western Europe. The nation also has a long colonial past and a history of supporting human rights that has made it one of the most cosmopolitan nations in the world. At the same time, the French Republic has had to face a serious crisis of identity. The nation’s ethnic mix and religious diversity have become more wide ranging and visible in all types of media—particularly in sports. However, xenophobic nationalism and the increasing feeling of alienation among minorities have also been on the rise. This course will explore the diverse cultural identities and origins of France’s inhabitants through a series of films that reveal the many dimensions of French society.