FN party chairman quits over racist video
Delacroix is facing several complaints after singing racist chants insulting Jews.
Michel Delacroix, chairman of the far right Francophone party Front National and also a Senator, has announced that he is to quit. Delacroix is facing several complaints after singing racist chants insulting Jews.
The news comes after footage was spread on the internet. The video was made using a mobile phone and shows Mr Delacroix and a friend of the Flemish far right party Vlaams Belang when they decide to sing a song.
It turns out to be a racist song, insulting Jews. In French, they sing "Ma petite Juive est à Dachau. Elle est dans la chaux vive. Elle a quitté son ghetto, pour être brûlée vive". (My little Jewish girl is in Dachau. She is in unslaked lime. She has left her ghetto, to be burnt alive.")
Delacroix giving up "all executive functions
This morning, the Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight against Racism announced it would file a complaint against Delacroix. The Forum of Jewish organisations soon followed, saying they were "deeply shocked".
This afternoon, Mr Delacroix announced that he was giving up "all his executive functions".
The other man singing with Mr Delacroix turned out to be Luc Van Keerbergen who is a member of the Flemish far right Vlaams Belang. Mr Van Keerbergen, who had a function in the social service department (OCMW) in Machelen (Flemish Brabant) has been evicted from the party.