Why we need to march for equality and against racism

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After earlier racist jibes aimed at justice minister Christiane Taubira, an extreme-right weekly news magazine has now published a front cover containing a racial slur against her. Here Mediapart's editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel attacks the growing tide of racism in France, arguing that the main casualty is the French Republic itself. He traces the immediate roots of its resurgence and calls for a protest march on December 3rd against racism - and for equality.

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French justice minister Christiane Taubira, who is black, has been subjected to three racial attacks in recent weeks. The first occurred when a far-right Front national mayoral candidate likened Miss Taubira to a monkey, and later said she would “rather see her in the trees than in the government”. The second came when a group of children, some as young as 10, waved banana skins at the minister when she visited the city of Angers in western France. Now the extreme-right weekly magazine Minute has published a front cover parading a racist slur against the minister. The prosecution authorities have opened an investigation into the publication. Mediapart's editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel's words are a transcript of a talk he gave on France Culture public radio on Wednesday November 13th, a recording of which (in French only) is below.