Anti-racism complaint against Leterme

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21 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Two French-speaking Belgians lodged an anti-racism complaint on Monday with Brussels police against Flemish Premier Yves Leterme.

21 August 2006

BRUSSELS — Two French-speaking Belgians lodged an anti-racism complaint on Monday with Brussels police against Flemish Premier Yves Leterme. 

The complaint is in response to a newspaper interview in which Leterme said French-speaking residents along the linguistic border were apparently "not intellectually capable of learning Dutch".

In a linguistically divided nation, the statement from the Dutch-speaking politician sparked heated commotion in the Francophone region of Belgium.

The two French speakers who lodged the complaint have been identified as Jean-François Thayer and Yvan Verougstraete.

The former is running for the local council on the Cap-Woluwe list at the October elections in the commune Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, while the latter is already a member of the local council.

However, both of them deny the complaint is politically motivated and stressed they are not aiming for the initiative to be paid for by a political party.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Francophone Democratic Front FDF, Olivier Maingain, had earlier said on Monday he intends to lodge a similar complaint.

"Replace 'French-speakers' with 'Africans' and no one would accept it," he said, referring to Leterme's statement.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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