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France in focus

History of racism: A French taboo

FRANCE IN FOCUS
FRANCE IN FOCUS © FRANCE 24
By: Nadia CHARBIT | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Sonia BARITELLO

As protests against racial prejudice continue across the world, we look at how discrimination and xenophobia materialise in specific ways in France. We begin with a look back at the history of this French taboo. Next, we take a look at police violence and how some current and former officers have started speaking out. Lastly, we speak to activist and Professor Maboula Soumahoro, who looks at why language and republican ideals add an extra level of complexity to the issue.

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