Chirac slams foreign coverage of Paris riots

13th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 12 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac says in a statement to be published Tuesday that foreign media gave distorted coverage of recent riots in suburbs with large populations of immigrant origin.

PARIS, Dec 12 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac says in a statement to be published Tuesday that foreign media gave distorted coverage of recent riots in suburbs with large populations of immigrant origin.

But, he told readers of the Le Parisien newspaper who sent him 50 questions relating to the disturbances, the French media had done a good and responsible job.

Chirac also backed the idea of the anonymous job application, implicitly acknowledging that some employers discriminated against applicants with non-French names and addresses regarded as undesirable.

He came out against giving non-European Union foreigners the vote in local elections.

Asked about coverage of the riots, that saw thousands of cars burned nationwide and night after night of violence and clashes, Chirac praised coverage in the French media.

"The French media did their job: they showed the reality and the scenes at which our fellow citizens were present were sometimes of great violence," he said.

"Generally, they showed great responsibility."

But "some foreign media often presented the events in a biased and excessive way."

Chirac said he supported anonymous CVs with job applications and the legalisation of testing to fight discrimination in employment and housing.

But he ruled out votes for foreigners even in local elections saying that nationality and the right to vote were linked and anyone who wanted to could become French.

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Subject: French news

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