Intergroup causal attribution processes were tested in the context of stereotypes of North Africans in France. In line with a norm of counter-racism, participants did not attribute undesirable behaviour more often to a North African than to a French individual. Nevertheless they attributed socially desirable behaviour less often to an individual when the person was North African. These results are interpreted as an expression of the Privative Discrimination Effect resulting from stereotype processing. The implications of these findings are discussed with regard to the maintenance of negative stereotypes.