French statue vandalised over slavery code

The statue is of Jean-Baptiste Colbert who helped write the Code Noir or Black Code in the 17th Century which defined slavery and race in France's colonial empire.

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An activist has vandalised the statue of a French statesman outside the country's parliament, reports the BBC.

Jean-Baptiste Colbert helped write the Code Noir or Black Code in the 17th Century which defined slavery and race in France's colonial empire.

Footage posted on social media shows the activist spraying Colbert's statue with red paint on Tuesday.

He sprayed the words "state negrophobia" at the base of the monument before police detained him.

The group Brigade Anti Négrophobie posted the video and the man is himself wearing a shirt bearing their name.

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