Far-Right French Magazine Under Investigation After Racist Cover

Huffington Post, November 13, 2013

A French court opened a preliminary inquiry into a far-right magazine on Wednesday after the government complained about a front cover comparing France’s black justice minister to a monkey.

The “Minute” weekly featured a picture of Justice Minister Christiane Taubira on its cover next to a caption that read: “Clever as a monkey, Taubira gets her banana back.”

The magazine, whose cover exploits the fact that “banana” means “smile” in French slang, will add to fears of a rise in racism in France, coming weeks after a far-right local election candidate compared Taubira to a monkey on national TV.


A spokesman for the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed it would open a preliminary investigation on a possible charge of racist insult, a first step before a possible full inquiry.

Racial insults in public are punishable by up to six months in jail and fines of up to 25,000 euros. Latest circulation figures for “Minute” in 2006 puts it at 40,000.

The attacks against Taubira, who was born in French Guiana, coincide with growing support for Marine Le Pen’s far-right party National Front party in parts of France hit hardest by factory closures and joblessness stuck above 11 percent.


Le Pen banned a candidate who compared Taubira to a monkey from running in a March 2014 local election. Another candidate was banned days later for belittling the Holocaust, a series that could hurt Le Pen’s election chances.

The string of racist attacks on Taubira has prompted critics like Harry Roselmack–the first black prime-time news host on French public TV–to denounce a climate of worsening racial tension and increasingly uninhibited use of hate speech.


Such attacks are not limited to France. Cecile Kyenge, an Italian citizen born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been the target of repeated racial slurs since her appointment as integration minister in April.

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  • David Ashton

    How many “deleted”s can we expect on this thread, I wonder?

  • Pro_Whitey

    Remember when someone could put out a set of paired photographs, each set with George W. Bush and the other with a chimpanzee with a similar facial expression? Nobody, got hurt, nobody got prosecuted. Ah, those were the days.

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes, google ‘bush or chimp’ and you can find hundreds of them. We live in a world of liberal double standards. Anything they say and do is free speech. Anything we say and do is ‘hate’.

      • Gislia Jackson

        Bush deserved the comparison. He is/was an idiot. The worst leader in American history, until Koko Obama came along and made Bush seem decent by comparison.

        • Alexandra1973

          No kidding, I almost miss Bush!

          • Gislia Jackson

            Although, I think that Bush himself is probably, at heart, a decent but very weak human being. Obama is evil, weak, and stupid. No way to go through life, as Dean Wormer told us in slightly different words.

      • Svigor

        That’s what I was going to say. Libs say it’s racist to compare a black to a monkey, and not only is it okay and not-racist to compare a white to a monkey, but they compare whites to monkeys themselves.

        And this isn’t racist. Cuz libs sed so.

    • Erasmus

      Leftists can’t live in a world where speech is free and unregulated. Nothing scares them so much as the truth.

      Their carefully crafted worldview is a fragile one, which words and honesty can topple.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Ha ha! “Racism” is becoming chic and attractive to rebellious youth and the old alike. The young are rebelling against rebellion, against self hatred. They are reaching back to their roots and flipping off the “authorities”.

    Spinoza and Capone understood that if you tell people to go against their natures you’re fighting a losing battle. The youth aren’t even very generational these days. They will begin to rebel even against that. The furor of the coming generations will be transgenerational, directed most furiously at those who sold them out and told them what they not only could say, but what they could THINK.

    Because when you control how people speak you are trying to control their thoughts. Thus in the offal of a tyrannous order sprout seeds of entropic rebellion. What might be thought of as liberty.

    • So CAL Snowman

      When there is a prevailing mainstream culture there will ALWAYS be a counter culture. What we are seeing here is young people rejecting the uncool “popular” culture for the underground and COOL counter culture. In this case the underground and cool culture is that of natural inherent racism against inferior non Whites and White racial solidarity. The younger generations usually rebel against the older generations and this is a good example of that.

    • gemjunior

      Very good and really heartening – thank you for writing those paragraphs – I needed to hear that badly.

  • Spartacus

    “Racial insults in public are punishable by up to six months in jail and fines of up to 25,000 euros.”


    This is the Liberte part, right ?

    • Jefferson

      France is definitely not a live free or die nation. France’s war on freedom of speech makes them a bunch of left wing fascists.

  • M.

    Again with the monkey?!!
    Yes, Mrs. Taubira, you look like a monkey. And people are gonna make fun of that. Will you get over it already!

    • Xerxes22

      Monkeys screech and holler and jump up and down when they are agitated and don’t get what they want. So there is a certain similarity.

  • M.

    “… with growing support for Marine Le Pen’s far-right party National Front
    party in parts of France hit hardest by factory closures and joblessness
    stuck above 11 percent.”

    WRONG! “In parts of France hit hardest by IMMIGRATION”, would be more accurate. Brittany is the most liberal part of France, and, what do you know: it has the least numbers of immigrants!
    Malmö is the most heavily populated city in Sweden with third-world immigrants, and the nationalist SD party got most of its votes from that city in the last elections.

    “Immigrants” is what driving the French farther to the right! And as long as leftists keep denying that, they’ll lose!

  • M.

    “Far-Right Magazine”… Then Salon and HuffPost are definitely far-left. But no one calls them that.

    Leftists just love their buzzwords, don’t they?

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    If I were the monkey in question, I’d be outraged to be compared to this negress.

  • dd121

    What’s wrong with that?

  • ncpride

    Racial insults in public are punishable by up to six months in jail and fines of up to 25,000 euros. Latest circulation figures for “Minute” in 2006 puts it at 40,000……

    Just look at the extremes these traitorous ‘governments’ will go to silence their own people and force them to accept their own demise. Unbelievable.

  • Chris

    Liberals are idiots to believe there would be no backlash to promoting their pets to prominent positions in government.

  • MBlanc46

    They should be able to have anything they want on their cover, save perhaps for calls to violence against particular individuals. That said, rubbish of this sort broadcasts to the world that you’re a nitwit.

  • Let’s see; I’m going to move to a country where the locals look nothing like me and then have a hissy fit when they notice my appearance is different. When I’m done with that, I think I’ll complain about their architecture, climate and food.

    • rowingfool

      Well, don’t just complain about it (their architecture, climate and food). Demand that they change it!

  • Lagerstrom

    Follow the singing ball…
    ‘And-She-looks-Like-One -Too’!

  • David Ashton

    Racists openly but Anti-Racists secretly think Africans look a bit like apes. Intelligent blacks are uncomfortable and embarrassed by this facial “resemblance” which they are stuck with, as you dear readers might also be if you were similarly unlucky. Lawrence of Arabia commented on the ugly top set on a beautiful body. That is why “blacks” refer to color rather than skull-formation when discussing discrimination, and scientists tactfully shy away from certain hominid evolution issues. Nor is it much fun for some “black” women to look in a mirror in a world of white female beauty, which is why there is pressure for non-white models, and we should have the chivalry to realise this, and join them in opposing the drift of their men towards trophy blondes. I write as someone who has always consistently opposed both alien immigration and negrid x europid miscegenation.

    • Rex

      There’s no “racism” on earth like that of Light Black against Black Black. IF all Whites and Asians and other modes of color were gathered together to be sent off into space to another planet, the light Blacks would scream and prevent it–all as a measure to protect themselves from “their own brothers and sisters”.

      • David Ashton

        I no longer intend to post on this website unless attacked as a person.

        I had hoped even this selected-news comment section could provide not only space for well-informed analysis of threats to our “white nations” but also a venue for international co-operation in principled and practicable ideas for defensive “propaganda” and organised action.

        Athough a few constructive proposals have appeared in the past, sadly they have been excessively overshadowed by people just venting fury, expressing defeatism, voicing hatreds, advocating violence, insulting fellow-contributors or other white nations, and drifting however comically into the wilderness of cult sectarianism or however tediously into the usual self-defeating Jew-jabber.

        • All those things that frustrate you, we are supposed to delete, and in fact we do delete a lot of it.

          • David Ashton

            Thank you. Some of my replies have just appeared and disappeared and reappeared if I press the Disqus “button”; ditto, comments from others. They also jump around and disconnect the debate.

            In any case my limited time for “political writing” in difficult family health circumstances must be given as a priority to my English situation, albeit with sincere good wishes to Jared Taylor and the NCF.

          • Martel

            Best wishes to you and your family David, It would be a shame if you stop posting on Amren, but perfectly understandable.

          • David Ashton

            Thank you.

          • Romulus

            I have enjoyed your posts over this past year. Sorry to hear you have more pressing engagements. All of the reasons you give for your departure ,should well have been anticipated as more europeans “awake”. The people are trying find their way back against titanic forces as you well know.
            The hostility against us mounts daily and quite frankly, their frustrated and angry that no one will speak for them. If this site becomes merely a chatroom where only breakfast tea banter is allowed, then we all know why. No sense in trying to pretend otherwise.
            The vast majority of comments early on in my posting history have to do with energy engineering and the macro perspective of geo politics as it concerns the gigantic global machine. A large part of the discussions herein generally tend to social fallout of western decline and not so much on the solutions. As a result, constant comment repetitiveness and no concrete direction is most certainly making the flock restless, as we vent in a manner that is still permissible in our little corner of the internet.

            The people need leaders, not just “polite debate”. All indicators point to elites who only appear to protect their own interests (the g8) and not their own people. Ive given many reasons why.

            I bid you good luck and hope you weather the future well.

          • David Ashton

            I allow myself to thank you & say Nil Desperandum.

          • stewball

            I hope whoever is unwell in your family will get better soon.

          • David Ashton

            Thank you for your kind wishes.
            I am trying to get my ideas and proposals written and printed in the UK in due course, despite limitations of time & circumstance.

          • stewball

            I’m sure, somewhere along the line, I will miss you. Be well.

          • stewball

            Why didn’t you delete this or at least the last sentence.

        • stewball

          Before you go David please explain your objectionable comment ‘usual self-defeating Jew-jabber’!

        • stewball


    • stewball

      Ethiopian Jewish women are mostly beautiful with lovely shaped skulls.

  • Alexandra1973

    I’ve referred to my son as my little monkey (he acts like one at times). And he likes bananas, so I’ve teased him with “My little monkey want a banana?”

    No black ancestry here either.

    • IstvanIN

      I have a niece, who when little, loved to climb on me, sit on me, and just generally hang on me like the little chimps do to the old males chimps you see on documentaries. I called her a little monkey. She didn’t look like one, but she acted like one.

      That being said black do have more primitive features than whites. They appear to be a notch down on the evolutionary scale. To take this a step further Australian Aborigines look even more primitive than sub-Saharan blacks.

      If we travel over to the orient there are tribes in the Pacific, and even SE Asia, that look far less evolved than Japanese or Chinese people do. It just goes without saying WE ARE NOT all the same.

  • curri

    France has a large and lively nationalist/anti-globalist opposition- unlike the US. They have this publication, the magazine Rivarol, GRECE, National Front , Génération Identitaire and no doubt other things of which I know nothing.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    If you so much as look at a black the wrong way they want to punch your face in.

  • Svigor

    I used to refer to people as “monkeys” regardless of color. I went to college with a Korean-American kid (adopted by whites) who had a Playstation and we used to play. He was kicking my butt at some fighting game and I called him a monkey a couple times in the process, no racial overtones whatsoever meant. I’d used it on whites far more than non-whites. He finally got rather agitated and said “stop calling me a ‘monkey,’ you *[email protected]! white guy!” I was like, “white guy,” WTF are you talking abou-…” and then it dawned on me. Lil things like this only reinforce for me the impossibility of true racial amity.

  • Carney3

    This is the kind of unserious, discrediting clownishness that lingers in the minds of persuadable voters for years, even decades. A movement that is serious about attaining power would never allow such a thing. Think of how many people must have been involved in putting that cover together. Writers, artists, editors, liaisons with printing houses. And nobody said, “Wait, this is stupid”?

  • mikebowen55

    It is indeed offensive. They shouldn’t insult monkeys like this.

  • David Ashton

    I am not a Christian but uphold national traditions, family values and religious freedom against “Jingle Tills” commercialism and Saturnalian vice. May I use this final, relevant opportunity to explain to an oversensitive Jewish lady here calling herself “stewball” what I meant by “Jew-jabber” in answering her deleted comment above? It refers to anti-Semites who can think and talk of little else, and constantly bringing Jewish or allegedly Jewish issues into debates. Of course, there are some Jews no less obsessed with themselves, who suspect anti-Semites under every bed, including those who wish to retain the Nativity in the public space or prefer to retain the winter tree rather than fashionably adopt for 7-branch candlestick as their seasonal symbol.

    Farewell to you all, and good wishes for 2014 (we need them, I agree).