SE Asian population in France report fear and abuse over coronavirus

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Members of France’s large population of south-east Asian and Chinese descent have created a Twitter hashtag 'I am not a virus' to report what appear to be a growing number of incidents of hostile behaviour towards them prompted by the coronavirus outbreak in China and six cases now diagnosed in France.

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In a southeastern Paris district known as the go-to place for Asian cuisine, business is down at Pascal Corlier’s Vietnamese restaurant, a side-effect of China’s coronavirus health scare that has sparked panic and a rise in xenophobic incidents, reports Reuters.