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Latest update : 2017-11-04

Video: Photo project aims to combat anti-migrant bias

Saint-Martory is a small village in the south of France with a population of 900, where 43% of voters backed far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of France's presidential election. So when 50 asylum seekers arrived in the village last year, many locals didn't give them the warmest of welcomes. To try to change people's perceptions of the migrants, one photographer decided to bring together villagers and the new arrivals in frescoes where each person plays a role.

The project, by photographer Patrick Willocq, led some of the villagers to strike up friendships with the new arrivals, even though others did not change their stance on immigration. FRANCE 24's team reports.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Jimena Morales-Velasco.

By Alix LE BOURDON , Alexander AUCOTT , Alaaeddin SALLAL

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Guillaume CAPELLE

Founder of SINGA, an international network of organisations connecting asylum seekers and locals

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2017-11-17 Emmanuel Macron

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2017-11-16 Africa

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2017-11-15 Middle East

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2017-11-14 Europe

Video: Is Italy seeing a resurgence of fascism?

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2017-11-13 terrorism

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