Jean-François Copé, the man who wants to succeed ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy at the head of France’s main right-wing party has caused a furore with a claim that “anti-white racism” is spreading through the country’s towns and cities.
“An ‘anti-white racism’ is developing in neighbourhoods of our towns where individuals – some of whom have French nationality – express contempt for French people, calling them ‘Gaulois’, on the basis that they are not of the same religion, the same skin colour or the same origins as them,” he writes.
Claiming that he is “breaking a taboo”, Copé adds that “this racism is as unacceptable as every other form of racism – we must denounce it as we condemn all other forms of discrimination”.
“Copé can’t make his mind up whether to be the spitting image of Sarkozy or the parrot of Marine Le Pen,” tweeted the newly appointed leader of the Socialist Party, Harlem Désir, who started his political career at the head of the anti-racism campaign SOS-racisme.
Who’s Harlem Désir? Well he’s as French as burning cars and hip-hop. Also he served 18 months in prison for fraud related to an immigrants rights group he was with.
The “anti-white racism” is manifested according to Copé “by the fact that there are areas where it is not good to be a woman, be white… some of our countrymen to flee the area where they live because they understand that they are not at home, it is unbearable,” he said.
Here is a more complete quote from the book.
Since this woman that feels like a stranger in this neighborhood where she lived for many years. An “anti-White” attitude develops in the neighborhoods of our cities where individuals – some of whom have French nationality – despise the French called “Gauls”, on the pretext that they do not have the same religion, the same skin color or the same origins as themselves.
I hear more and more people complain of Meaux and this racism is as unacceptable as any other form of racism and we must denounce it as we condemn all other discrimination. I know I broke a taboo by using the term “anti-white” but I do deliberately, because it is the truth that some of our citizens live this way and silence exacerbates the trauma.
These phenomena are impossible to see from Paris, in the media and political spheres where the vast majority of officers are French of white skin born of French parents. In these microcosms, the lack of diversity limits the presence of people of color or of foreign origin. But let’s face it: the situation is reversed in many parts of our suburbs.