The 'colour prejudice' that shames France


Seven years after Mediapart's revelations about discriminatory ethnic quotas in French football, our 'Football Leaks 2' investigation revealed how French football's most prestigious club, PSG, kept files on the ethnic origins of potential youth recruits, writes Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel. What, he asks, does this persistent prejudice say about France?

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In under a week's time we will be commemorating in France and the rest of the world the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted on December 10th, 1948, by the general assembly of the United Nations held at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. France was thus the country where two human rights declarations were made, its own in 1789, and the universal one in 1948. By affirming the equality of humans from birth - “in dignity and rights” says the 1948 declaration – both documents declare that one cannot make a “distinction” between anyone of any kind, whether over their origins, their appearance or their beliefs.