Racism 'alive and pernicious' in France

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2 October 2007, GENEVA (AFP) - Racism in France is "alive, pernicious and most of its victims are French citizens from visible minorities, not immigrants," the UN's independent expert on minority issues said Monday.

2 October 2007

GENEVA (AFP) - Racism in France is "alive, pernicious and most of its victims are French citizens from visible minorities, not immigrants," the UN's independent expert on minority issues said Monday.

"Because of the colour of their skin, their religion, their surname or their address, these young people in France see no chance of social mobility" said Gay J. McDougall, after a ten day visit to the country.

"People who work hard, play by the rules and believe in the ethos of the Republic, yet find themselves trapped in ghettos, isolated in enclaves where the unemployment rate can reach 40 percent" she said.

Members of visible minorities "feel discriminated against and rejected by a rigid preconceived idea of 'French-ness' which they don't correspond to" she added.

AFP

Subject: French news

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