pied noir

or pied-noir

[ pee-ey -nwahr, pyey; French pyey -nwar ]
/ piˌeɪ ˈnwɑr, ˌpyeɪ; French pyeɪ ˈnwar /

noun, plural pieds noirs [pee-eyz -nwahr, pyeyz; French pyey -nwar]. /piˌeɪz ˈnwɑr, ˌpyeɪz; French pyeɪ ˈnwar/. Often Disparaging.

an Algerian-born French person.
formerly, a person of French origin living in French-ruled Algeria.

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Origin of pied noir

1960–65; <French: literally, black foot
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