France's new education minister Pap Ndiaye already facing storm of racism

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The appointment of black historian Pap Ndiaye as education minister in Emmanuel Macron's new government has quickly brought to the surface the structural racism of French society and its political class. In this opinion article, Mediapart's Ilyes Ramdani argues that the reaction of the government to this tide of racism, and above all the response of President Emmanuel Macron himself, will set the tone for his new presidential term.

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It took just a few minutes for those who hate otherness to unleash their bile. No sooner had the historian Pap Ndiaye been appointed minister of education and youth then the French far-right vied over the best insults with which to describe and discredit him.