Keyword: racism

Palestine: Mr President, you are leading France astray

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From his alignment with the Israeli far-right to the banning of demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and the suggestion that this show of solidarity is in fact anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism, French President François Hollande has lost his way, writes Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel. In this opinion article presented as an open letter to the head of state, he argues that Hollande has adopted a position of incoherence and hypocrisy that will bring him no political gain and which ignores the lessons of history.

French ambassador accuses foreign ministry of abject racism and resigns

Zaïr Kédadouche, France's man in Andorra, writes to President Hollande that he 'met the most abject racism' in elite diplomatic service.

How racism by France's railway police goes unpunished

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The internal police force run by state-owned railway company SNCF is supposed to protect both passengers and other rail staff from attack or abuse. But officers in one section of the force in the south of the France have been accused of sending a racist text message, playing neo-Nazi songs and mistreating passengers of North African origin. According to documents seen by Mediapart, senior management at SNCF is fully aware of the claims, yet has failed to take any action. Meanwhile one of the officers who was a victim of the taunts has been ostracised by colleagues. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.

Thousands join Saturday anti-racism march through Paris

The march, mirrored by smaller protests nationwide, follows recent racist outrages, including crude attacks on France's black justice minister.

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.

New racist slur against black French minister

Ministers examine moves to block publication of weekly far-right magazine that makes 'banana' jibe against justice minister Christiane Taubira.

French far right leader loses immunity, faces charges

MEP Marine Le Pen could face criminal charges after she likened the sight of Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France.

France launches Twitter probe in racism test case

A criminal investigation into a raft of anti-Semitic messages posted on Twitter could test the microblogging site's refusal to mediate content.

'Removing the word race won't end racism'

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In a bid to help stamp out racism, Socialist Party presidential candidate François Hollande wants to make a small but significant amendment to article 1 of the French Constitution – the removal of the word “race”. But would that make any difference? Academic and human rights campaigner Danièle Lochak thinks not, dismissing the idea as merely “for show”. Here, in an interview with Mediapart's Carine Fouteau, she explains her reasoning.

French parfumier Jean-Paul 'the nose' Guerlain in racism trial

French parfumier Jean-Paul Guerlain goes on trial on racism charges after describing black people as "lazy" and "nègres" in a TV interview.

Racism and sport, a sorry story of modern times

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Mediapart's revelations about how officials at the French Football Federation planned to introduce an ethnic quota at its national training academies led to a huge controversy in France and abroad, the public excuses of those involved in the plan and led to two official enquiries. Above all, it sparked a wider debate about prejudice and discrimination in sport which, on an international level, only truly embraced multi-racialism in the final decade of the 20th century. Antoine Perraud charts how theories of racial supremacy have long poisoned sport which, he argues here, has become a supplementary vehicle for racist ideologies, beginning with those of the founder of the modern Olympic games, Pierre de Coubertin.