Prominent Blacks Sound Alarm on ‘Racist France’

Jon Frosch, France 24, November 6, 2013

As to be expected, France’s outspoken justice minister did not mince her words.

In an interview published Wednesday in left-leaning French daily Libération, Christiane Taubira, the charismatic black politician who made headlines with her passionate defence of France’s gay marriage law, denounces the racism she has recently encountered–and faults the French political class for not speaking out more against it.

Referring to recent incidents in which she was compared to a monkey on a far-right candidate’s Facebook page and taunted with a banana by a twelve-year-old at a street protest, Taubira said: “The reactions have not been sufficient. . . . What’s most shocking to me is that there has been no strong, beautiful voice raised in alarm at the downward spiral of French society [when it comes to racism].”

The justice minister’s remarks come just one day after Harry Roselmack, France’s most prominent black newsreader, penned an opinion piece for another French newspaper, Le Monde, accusing France of harbouring “deep-seated racism”.

“Racist France is back,” he wrote.

The one-two punch from two of France’s most visible black personalities has shone a harsh spotlight on an issue that the theoretically “colour-blind” country, with its proud motto of “liberty, fraternity, equality”, has had difficulty tackling.

Opening ‘Pandora’s box’

Though a report from the Paris-based National Consultative Commission of Human Rights (CNCDH) released in March 2013 found that racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts and threats in France saw an increase of 23 percent in 2012, analysts agree that racism is hardly a new problem here.

“Racism has always been present in our society,” Alain Jakubowicz, the president of French anti-racism group LICRA (International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism), told FRANCE 24. “What’s changed is that racist speech has become more acceptable…Racism is an offence punishable by law. But the law is less respected [now].”

According to Jakubowicz, what he calls the “liberation of hate speech” began when right-wing former President Nicolas Sarkozy, halfway through his first term, opened a ministry (now closed) devoted to “national identity” – in other words, issues of immigration and integration.

“That opened Pandora’s box,” he said.

Pap Ndiaye, a historian and professor at Paris’s prestigious “Sciences Po” (formally known as l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris”), echoed Jakubowicz’s assessment. “That’s the negative effect of the debate over national identity: this attitude of ‘if our leaders are saying it, we can say it, too,’” he said.

The National Front factor

Ndiaye also pointed to far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s success in putting a more presentable face on her party’s platform as a potential cause for racist speech becoming more commonplace.

Once known for openly xenophobic stances and slogans, the National Front has taken great pains to weed out the more controversial voices in its ranks. Anne-Sophie Leclere, the mayoral candidate who posted an image of a monkey next to a photo of Taubira on Facebook, for example, has since been suspended from the party.

“The National Front is no longer politically and morally marginalised,” Ndiaye noted. That fact, he said, may partly account for what he called “the deafening silence” in response to the racism recently experienced by Taubira. “The right is influenced by the National Front, and the left is intimidated,” he offered.

In her interview with Libération, Taubira also accused the French political class, but particularly the National Front, of inciting racial resentment with their focus on the “threat” posed by immigration. “We need to stop making a daily soap opera out of immigration data,” she said. “How is immigration a problem? How is it endangering French society?”

Though the number of French blacks or Arabs is not known (race-based statistics are illegal in France), these populations have been estimated at a respective five and seven million — roughly 19% of mainland France’s 63-million total. Most are descendants of former French colonies in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and sub-Saharan Africa or former inhabitants of French islands Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Until very recently, French political, media and corporate spheres have been almost exclusively white, with only a handful of representatives, senators or mayors of colour.

But according to Ndiaye, a spike in openly racist speech is also a reaction to France’s becoming “more multicultural, more mixed, more open to the rest of the world”.

“There are contradictory currents in French society: mixing and pluralism and diversity on the one hand and racism from white people who think that France’s diversity endangers its grandeur,” Ndiaye assessed. “French society is neither racist nor anti-racist.”

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  • HJ11

    This puke should be sent back to Africa. He’s not French.

    • D.B. Cooper

      How quickly we forget! Remember the French girl punched in the face by a “black French” who smiled at the camera after he did it?
      I kind of thought you forgot, so I had to remind you people. You should do the same.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    France’s “professional black”, it seems.

    Gonna get worse, dear. Sorry.

  • sbuffalonative

    There is no reason for Africans to be in France. They weren’t dragged there in chains. They can leave anytime they want. The audacity of these people knows no bounds.

  • Erasmus

    There’s racism in France? Phew, what a relief. I’m glad to see there are some among those escargot-eaters who still have a backbone.

    • Wethepeople

      My thoughts exactlty. Even any mild aggrivation with the bantu on a frenchmans part is a positive in my book.

  • Spartacus

    “…Alain Jakubowicz, the president of French anti-racism group LICRA (International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism)…”


    Wanna bet this guy isn’t an Eskimo ?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Jews should be on the side of the Whites in this case. What do they think will happen to them when the Caliphate is instituted?

      Whites are the new Jews.

      • IstvanIN

        They always end up with a favored spot in the court.

      • So CAL Snowman

        When the Caliphate is instituted, the jews will just pick up the phone and dial USA to come to the rescue. That or they will unleash their stockpile of nukes.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          The cleansing nature of fire…

      • Sick of it

        Read a bit more on Islamic history. A certain group managed to be in a good position no matter who was in charge. Another always ended up raped and massacred. One starts with a J and the other with a C.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Until this century.

      • Defiant White

        White-Christian-Europeans are exactly in the same role they’ve always been versus arabs, muslims and Africans. Nothing has changed.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          I read an article somewhere recently that studied what conspiracies self proclaimed Republicans and Democrats bought into. Dems tended to believe the 9/11 stuff, the Kennedy conspiracy, while Pubs were more likely to believe the big Rothschild stuff.

          Funny. Apparently belief that alien lizard men secretly rule the world was pretty evenly split among Pub and Dem.

          I don’t believe that big Jew conspiracy stuff any more than the alien reptiloid stuff, or the big 9/11 conspiracy.

          Kennedy now? Yeah, there’s something to that.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Correction: I believe the reptiloid stuff less than any other mentioned conspiracy. Ah hyperbole…

          • Sick of it

            So Niall Ferguson is an out there conspiracy theorist? Dude, mainstream historical research shows evidence of things that people commonly deny today!

  • Alexandra1973

    I wonder what Ebonics sounds like with a French accent.

    • Wethepeople

      Hahaha. Thank you for that.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      I don’t have to wonder. The number of rowdy Haitians and Congolese in formerly white Canada has reached epidemic levels.

    • M.

      Well, since I watch French television regularly, I don’t have to wonder. Actually, the “Ebonics” in France have been introduced by the first immigrants, and largest minority group today: the North-Africans (my dear countrymen, although we’re not of the same descent). In their ‘ebonics’, they inflate the simple vowels, like “a” or “e” (é, è, ê), and mispronounce or outright hush up the difficult ones (you know, those who demand some semblance of effort), like “u”, “uai”, “ain”, “ille”, or “ion.” They shorten long word into some sort of “shhrthch”, and nearly never bother to use the formal “vous” (‘you’). It’s really ugly. It’s like ‘French for Lower-IQ’s’.
      When blacks joined them, they just picked up on that, and it became their “ebonics” too. The language of the lowest scum of the French society.
      Anyway, here’s what it sounds like: http://www(dot)youtube(dot)com/watch?v=xq6hHpG1dXk

      • Alexandra1973

        I actually had a year of French in high school (along with having had Spanish since junior high). Not that hard, really.

        • M.

          Then why don’t they just pronounce it correctly?!
          [rhetorical question]

      • William Krapek

        I remember the first time I heard real Spanish. Here in Texas we have the Mexican blah-da-da-da-da-da-da crap where there never stop to breath. It was two women. The most beautiful women I’d ever seen in my life. And they sounded like angels.

        You couldn’t have stunned me more if you’d hit me upside the snout with a newspaper.

        What is WRONG with all these browns?

        • M.

          Yes, the Spanish of the Iberians is a little more sophisticated than the mestizos’. They actually pronounce the “th” (as in “thorn”). The latinos just say, “sorn”. Among other things. The Iberian pronounciation is a little more detail-oriented in general.

        • guest

          I had the same experience in Philly, while sitting in a small lounge in a hotel, there were 3 couples outside the door talking, I couldn’t make out what they were saying so I asked the bartender if he knew them. He said they were from Mexico. They were some of the most attractive people I’ve ever seen, both the young men and their women. I knew what I was looking at, Spanish bluebloods whose bloodlines are probably purer than back in Spain.

          • saxonsun

            I read that there’s a lot of fair Spaniards in Mexico, that they constitute the ruling class and are hated by the natives.

          • Sick of it

            mexfiles (DOT) net/2007/03/18/mexicali-jews/
            The rulers in Northern Mexico may not be who they are supposed to be.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Haitian Creole. Mushmouths slaughter whatever language they are taught.

    • MBlanc46

      To the best of my knowledge, the blacks in France speak pretty good French. Perhaps new immigrants are an exception, but the French can give you a pretty hard time if you don’t speak good French (unless you’re a tourist who seems to be making an honest effort).

      • M.

        Some do, yes. Especially the educated ones. However, you’ll still notice some accent, even among those who were brought up with Whites.
        The educated North-Africans who lived there for a long generally speak it just as well as the French.

  • D.B. Cooper

    The REAL French could be more racist than Heinrich Himmler, BUT the leader of France is supposed to listen to what the French have to say, and not what “guests” have to say.

    • M.

      Yes, the indigenous French are as xenophobic as they come. They snob foreigners in general, and will snob you even more if you’re of a lower race. I actually like that about them.

      • MBlanc46

        They certainly value their culture and their language. I’ve only ever found them to be rude if they perceive, rightly or wrongly, a slight on my part.

  • Puggg

    Blacks don’t like France.

    Very good.

    Africa is that way ———>

  • Kit Ingoldby

    If you don’t like French society and you don”t like French culture and you don’t like the French way of life and you don’t like the French people……

    Then don’t go to France.

    Or perhaps it really isn’t that bad compared to the muslim and African countries the complainers have come from.

    • Charles Martel

      It really is that simple

      • MBlanc46

        Hammer them, Charles.

  • cablegirls

    “How is immigration a problem? How is it endangering French society?”

    You’ve gotta be kidding me.

    • watling

      What she means is that it doesn’t have any adverse affect on her. And why would it? More of her own kind in France can only be good news for her.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Harry Roselmack, France’s most prominent black newsreader: “Racist France is back.””

    Dr. Tom Sunic, in an address to the 2013 British National Party conference, made a provocative point: When called a “racist” or “anti-Semite,” Sunic said, one should ask, “What do you mean by ‘racist’? What you mean by ‘anti-Semite’? Can you give me a definition?”

    Within the Soviet Union, says Sunic, it was common practice to marginalize and demonize deviants by calling them “fascists.” Under the “soft totalitarianism” of modern Western societies, the word “racist” performs that function. Never be defensive, says he. Ask what do you mean by “racist.”

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Excellent points. “Racist” and “racism” are neither morally neutral definitions of people nor ideology. “Racist”, in practical modern use, means “evil white who thinks he’s better than non-whites” while “racism means “evil ideology that proposes whites are better than anybody else”. Neither is morally neutral and both are used to bully and shot down dissent, especially when the dissent cannot be effectively countered by logic or science.

      I prefer “race realist” and take umbrage at being called racist. I’m known among my circle of friends as being the most outspoken in this area, and a good friend who still tries to cling onto a little of the lie called me a racist the other day. He told me I was being hypocritical to deny it, and I explained my point. To his credit, he apologized later.

      He has also taken his precious little White daughter out of the public schools and is home schooling her now…so…perhaps my “evil” propaganda of Truth has had an effect after all, lol…

    • William Krapek

      Yeah I saw that speech. He’s the bomb.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Well well,a monkey can talk.Now can the monkey go home?

  • Luca

    So, an African is complaining about living in France and encountering racism because she was taunted with a banana..

    Meanwhile, if a French White women went to Africa she is likely to be raped, robbed, tortured and murdered.

    So, which is worse?

  • …. Then leave.

  • IstvanIN

    “Racist France is back,” he wrote. Let me fix that: “Racist South Africa is back,” he wrote. There, that’s better.

  • WASP

    Christiane Taubira, African descent, from French Guiana; Alain Jakubowicz (doesn’t sound French to me) is President of a Jewish community in Lyon. They don’t belong in France. Even the former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, was a Hungarian/French Jew, and he didn’t represent the true French people; he betrayed them. They should all leave France now.

  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    Hey, “French” lady, where are all the blacks speaking out when blacks barbarically yet routinely murder and rape whites? I never hear any blacks other than Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and Larry Elder say a peep about this. Yet as soon as blacks get their feelings hurt by a white person they demand that all white people take a stand against white racism. Nah, we’re tired of traveling down this one way street.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Deep-seated racism”

    Is that why blacks wear their pants so low? Because they’re carrying around all that ‘deep-seatedness’ ostensibly directed at them?

    Pap Ndiaye, a historian and professor at Paris’s prestigious “Sciences Po” (formally known as l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris”)…”

    ‘l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris’ = French
    ‘Sciences Po’ = French ebonics

    Does this sum up the ‘new’ France perfectly, or what?

  • libertarian1234

    “Black French newsreader finds “deep-seated racism” in France.”
    He wouldn’t have to worry about it if his country of origin didn’t consist of low intelligence blacks who never invented a written language or even the wheel. If they were just stupid instead of backward and in the stone-age they would have been able to get enough of an economy they wouldn’t have to leave for lands in order to find a country that will give them things and take care of them.
    Actually, it should be deemed a crime for any of them to migrate. They do no more than burden other countries with their stupidity and laziness.

  • HJ11

    She’s not French. She’s African. She shouldn’t even be in Europe.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      To explain that to her with a symbolical act : give her a banana.

  • Franklin_Ryckaert

    Taubira : “How is immigration a problem? How is it endangering French society?”

    For the low IQ person that you are let me try to explain it to you Mrs Taubira. Immigration is endangering French society because it will cause it to become less French. But you’ll have to be real French to worry about that!

  • Pax Romana

    Prominent Blacks Sound Alarm on ‘Racist France’…”Black French newsreader finds “deep-seated racism” in France.”

    Translation: The French are not handing over their money, their country, and their white daughters fast enough.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      I wonder how “deep seated” racism would be in any black African country if it were to be flooded by millions and millions of Chinese immigrants. Perhaps such “racism” is a universal quality and no special vice of Whites?

      • JDInSanD

        I always bring up the Chinese example when a Mexican is arguing for amnesty. I say, “No way would you be fighting for 20 or 30 million illegal Chinese and sitting by as your kids are taught in Mandarin while your hispanic congressman tells you how good multiculturalism for them.”

  • MBlanc46

    It’s no more racist to believe that France should be for the French than it is to believe tht the Cote d’Ivoire should be for the Cote d’Ivoireans.

  • MBlanc46

    Not only my experiences in France, but my 1/8 French ancestry, lead me to agree with you. Alas, the French elites are perhaps even more multiculturalist than the US elites, but it appears that, under the leadership of Marine Le Pen and the Front National, the French people are beginning to make themselves heard.

  • Sick of it

    Anyone else notice that the black folks complaining about this in France have obviously non-French names? They probably never identified with the French.

  • JDInSanD

    I agree. I had traveled all over the world but had avoided France up until a few years ago. I figured they just didn’t like Americans and wouldn’t speak to me unless my French was perfect. All of the French people I interacted with were polite, friendly and helpful even though I spoke only basic phrases from studying on my own before the trip. (Can’t say the same for England, the least friendly place I’ve been, and I was there only 4 weeks after 9/11. The friendliest people in London were Americans, Russians and Ukranians.) Yes there are many Africans and Arabs, especially on the subway, but you’ll spend most of your time at tourist attractions. I only saw Paris and Versailles but they were both really spectacular and the food really is good. I usually need 2 or 3 days for many cities but I spent 7 of 8 days in Paris and didn’t see everything I wanted to. Highly recommended. One of the few places I feel definitely requires a second look.

    • William Krapek

      Yeah I’ve always said if I ever get out to Paris it’ll have to be for at least two weeks.

  • Defiant White

    Seems to be unanimous. If blacks don’t like Africa . . . go back to the Mudderland.

  • Defiant White

    The 19th and 20th Centuries were not kind to the French. Whatever manhood Napoleon didn’t squander was later burned up at Sedan, Verdun, the Ardennes, Dien Bien Phu and Algeria. They’re a tired people . . .

    But maybe something will spark whatever is left of their pride. Can’t wait to see Parisian crowds shining up the guillotines and filling their jails with enemies of the state.

    Let the tumbrils roll!

  • Eddie Lutz

    Ndiaye. What a name. N—–Die!

  • William Krapek

    From your mouth to God’s ear, Dear.

    From your mouth to God’s ear.

  • “But according to Ndiaye, a spike in openly racist speech is also a reaction to France’s becoming “more multicultural, more mixed, more open to the rest of the world”.

    How very strange……… we often get told that being “more open to the rest of the world” and being more “cosmopolitan” (ie, less white) is a force that tends to do away with “racism”, via the ‘contact theory’. (Racist if you are not engulfed, racist if you are….. I guess we cannot win, but I know which I would choose).

    Regarding the title: “Blacks sound the alarm on racist France” – did the alarm ever stop ringing?

    • GentlemanPugilist

      Yes, I was thinking the same. If the benefits of diversity were so obvious and enriching, surely the native French would initially be wary of it, but once they become aware of the benefits their concerns would be allayed and therefore there’d be a reduction in ‘openly racist speech’.

  • M.

    Actually, Napoleon did re-instate slavery in the Caribbean in 1802, which had been abolished during the French Revolution, in a bid to re-establish the French Empire overseas. However, he abolished it again not long after that. About 15 years later, I think.

    The anti-racist organizations in France kept bashing the French Ministry of Education to depict “a less glorifying image” of Napoleon in the school curriculum because of this. I don’t remember how that whole story unfolded exactly, but I know that the Education Ministry actually budged, and ended up making less room for Bonaparte in the History curriculum. Without omitting to stress that particular part of his reign, of course.

  • M.

    “Racist France is back,”


    I certainly hope so.

  • Jack Burton

    Blacks screaming racist at everything they don’t like, what, that’s strange.

  • M.

    They’re a lot less numerous too. Blacks make up around 3% of the French population. However, North Africans, who make up around 10% of the population (and 60-70% of France’s prison population)** tend to be a lot more aggressive.
    Also, a good numbers of black people in France came as university students sent by their countries to pursue their studies there. And most of them just stayed there. So they’re representative at all of the average black person.


    • William Krapek

      Ah. Small numbers. They know to behave when there aren’t a lot of them around.

  • StillModerated

    Alain Jakubowicz, the president of French anti-racism group LICRA (International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism)

    Need I say more?

    • More to the point, can you say more? lol. (Probably best not do). What are the odds though, eh?

  • Massif1

    There are over 90 countries in the continent of Africa that are not racist towards them. Air France probably has direct flights to all Africans airports. Bon voyage.

  • M&S

    The justice minister’s remarks come just one day after Harry Roselmack, France’s most prominent black newsreader, penned an opinion piece for another French newspaper, Le Monde, accusing France of harbouring “deep-seated racism”.

    First, what is a ‘newsreader’, may I ask? Is that like an editor or does France maintain a social kommisar class specifically dedicated to the censorship and politicization of newsprint?

    If so, who elected them?

    If we are to be a democratic society in all things, how does one man, whose skin represents, at most, 19% of the rest of society, have any say in what the 63% who are white do or do not believe _whether it’s ‘racist’ or not?_

    If you are truly going to believe in egality as a public endowment of the masses with driving moral authority, it has to be truly and strictly a hierarchy of the majority as ‘the most’. It cannot be ‘until someone’s feelings get hurt’.
    Because whites are already a mere 16% of this planet’s burgeoning populations and if we don’t maintain exclusive sovereignty -somewhere-, we will have it nowhere.

    Having said this, I do believe that France was among the first of the white nations to allow French colonial blacks, originally slaves bought up under the Rachat system, to serve at equal pay as conscripted soldiers in WWI.
    I know they had 170,000 blacks (137 battalions) in uniform and lost some 17% or 30,000 of them. I know that during the interwar period when France was bankrupt, it was the black conscripts of the Tirailleurs Sénégalais that held together their colonial empire.

    At a time when Black Americans were stevedores doing scut work for pennies and serving in two line divisions crippled by virulently racist white officers, it seems that French troops were at least treated to an equal measure of killing (though the American 369th regiment aka ‘the 15th New York’, with 197 days on-line and 171 unit citations, came out of the war with more with more decorations than any other American unit, coming home to a ticker tape parade) it was American fears of black pursuit of equal rights that led to multiple lynchings of American black troops to ‘put them back in their place’.
    To my knowledge France never did that.

    And as for the French political class, well, look up Die Schwarze Schande` and you will understand that, historically, Blacks in France have always been seen as a weapon for use against her Continental as well as Colonial Enemies. Apparently the women of the Rhineland are still crying.
    Something the people of France might well remember when racial preference is used against them as a crime by the people they -do- elect to rule in their interests.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    The most racist people in France are the blacks. Read the book “Sale Blanc.” There are tons of videos on youtube like this youtube. com/watch?v=aDyURVbbnnk

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Hee hee. Was over at at buddy’s the other night and watched “Easy Rider”. I think the alien reptiloid stuff began with Jack Nicholson’s stoned ramblings about the campfire.

    1. Jews: I’m sure many Jews are obnoxiously liblefty and I know Hollywierd is chock full of the type. Hollywierd IS immensely powerful. Also I understand that Jews are all over the banking industry. I still do not, however, ascribe to them the kind of unity of purpose and maliciousness to carry on a centuries old plot to destroy Christiandom, and I personally know Jews who self identify as White, live and act White, and are not liblefties. So even if there is a big Jewplot, very few Jews are involved in it or are aware of it.

    2. 9/11: I’d not be surprised at all, based on the content of PNAC (we would need some sort of Pearl Harbor to justify massive military intervention in the Middle East) and the facts, if someone way high up, like just below the president, knew this would happen and…let it happen. Beyond that, I don’t know. I tend toward the South Park theory that the government is not competent enough to have pulled off the big shady, but does not mind people thinking it did or could have, lol…

    3. Kennedy: After reading Don DeLillo’s “Libra”, I no longer believe Oswald was a deep spook. I believe he was an unstable kook who was used as the fall guy by others. Physics: tumbling bullets make little holes going in, big ones coming out. Kennedy had a little hole in his throat, a big one in the back of his head. Oswald would have been firing from above and behind, which seems to make the kill shot an impossibility. The grassy knoll, however, is precisely where this shot would have come from.

    Possibly the biggest conspiracy ever, however, is the United States of America.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    I’ll have to take a bit to digest that. Pretty technical. The building 7 thing IS a bit strange, I’ll admit.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      You know…I often wonder if many gubbamint buildings housing classified stuff…

      Aren’t pre-rigged with explosives. Perhaps some protocol kicked in and BOOMY!

  • T’oma

    To the people of France: YOU are among the indigenous peoples of Europe, it is YOUR land, customs, languages and traditions that these interlopers must follow, not the other way around. If they choose not to, YOU have all the right to eject them from YOUR land. Then they will be free to return to their native land and take back with them their rich heritage that they “blessed” your country with.

  • Bobbala

    Wherever you see racism, you see black immigration … It just pays too well to resist.

  • Brian
  • NeanderthalDNA

    Those who survive and propagate their genes.