Keyword: racism

How George Floyd case has fuelled protest at similar death in France

Protests around France continued on Thursday over alleged racist violence by police, prompted by a campaign by the family of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old man of Malian origin, for a full investigation into his death in police custody allegedly from asphyxiation, and the outrage over the death in the US of George Floyd, 46, an Afro-American who was suffocated by a police officer during his arrest in Minneapolis.   

Paris protest likens black man's death in custody to Floyd case

The French government's spokeswoman called for calm on Wednesday after violent scenes at a demonstration by around 20,000 people on Tuesday evening against what they claim is a cover-up over the 2016 death of Adama Traoré, 24, who suffocated while he was pinned down by gendarmes during his arrest in July 2016, a case which the protesters likened to the killing in the US of George Floyd.

Investigation launched over 'racist remark' by French police officers

Two officers have been recorded on video using derogatory term against a man in Paris suburbs.

How Macron (re)opened the door to Islamophobia

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President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday warned against a stigmatisation of the Muslim population in France and the shortcut of associating the Islamic religion with terrorism, as was illustrated in a string of recent events that have caused outrage and heated debate across the country. It was a tardy reaction by Macron who, Mediapart co-editor Carine Fouteau writes in this op-ed, has left the door open to precisely the problem he now identifies. It is his responsibility to strengthen the barriers against hatred, alongside the fight against terrorism.

Why new 'anti-White racism' ideology is the legacy of ignoring France's colonial question

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The notion of 'anti-White racism' is an ideological construct aimed at downplaying the systemic, social and cultural racism endured by black people and people of North African origin in France. Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel says that its emergence in public debate is a sign of how France has failed to face up to the issue of colonialism, to both its long past and its persistence today.

Vote or abstain? The 'moral dilemma' facing France's working-class districts

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Nearly 7,000 demonstrators marched in Paris on March 19th, 2017, against police violence. © Reuters Nearly 7,000 demonstrators marched in Paris on March 19th, 2017, against police violence. © Reuters

The residents of France's working-class multi-ethnic areas abstained from the first-round elections in greater numbers than the national average. Yet if they turn out in force in Sunday's second round vote between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen they could yet have a big say in the outcome. Though fed up with being told who to vote for, many of the inhabitants come from immigrant backgrounds and already experience everyday racism they fear will only get worse if the far-right win power. However, many are also afraid Macron's liberal economic policies will make their lives even harder. Carine Fouteau assesses the mood in areas that have been largely overlooked in the French presidential campaign.

Balotelli says he was target of racial abuse at Bastia-Nice match

Balck Italian footballer Mario Balotelli, now playing with French team Nice, bitterly denounced racist chanting against him by fans of Corsican team Bastia, who he says directed monkey imitations at him during the Ligue 1 match between the two sides.

Bastille Day massacre stokes Nice's bitter divisions

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July 18th: tributes to the Bastille Day attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. © Reuters July 18th: tributes to the Bastille Day attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. © Reuters

The Bastille Day attack in Nice, when a Tunisian immigrant from the city drove a truck into crowds walking the seafront Promenade des Anglais, killing 84 people, has heightened the already prevalent racial and social tensions in the Riviera capital. Ellen Salvi reports from Nice, where local politicians have long fuelled the fires of division that threaten to engulf the city.

Karim Benzema says France coach Didier Deschamps 'bowed' to racists

The French forward, implicated in a sex tape scam, tells Spanish magazine he was left out of squad for Euro 2016 because of his North African origins.

Thousands participate in Paris march against racism

The ‘March of Dignity’, headed by women, was held to protest against racism, police heavy-handedness and injustice.

Socialists attack Sarkozy for racially-charged rhetoric against ministers

Former French president Sarkozy came under fire for singling out two non-white female ministers in a largely white government as incompetent.

Racism is main jobs obstacle for France's second-generation immigrants

Reports says that discrimination is 'main source of inequality' in France for young men of sub-Saharan African or north African origins.

Suspect in Chelsea fans Paris racism case is ex-policeman and rights worker

The former RUC policeman, 50, was identified as among a group of football supporters who pushed a black man off a metro train last week.

French police identify seven Chelsea fans wanted for questioning in race case

French police have given their British counterparts the images of seven suspects after a black man was pushed off a Paris metro train on Tuesday.

European rights tsar slams France over 'rising' discrimination

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The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, on Tuesday released a report entitled ‘France: persistent discrimination endangers human rights’. The Latvian appears largely unimpressed with what he saw during a fact-finding mission to France last October, and denounces increasing anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim acts and racism in general, homophobia, a rise in "hate speech", the poor treatment of asylum seekers and the “social exclusion and marginalisation of persons with disabilities”. Carine Fouteau reports on the Commissioner’s conclusions.