Far-right protesters target black MP in France

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Senior French politicians have pledged to continue their fight against right-wing extremism after anti-immigration protesters targeted the offices of a black MP.

Sira Sylla tweeted a photo of five white men from Generation Identity holding signs and a banner that read: “Help the French, not the Africans.”

In response, she wrote “you will never affect me” and that she was “more determined than ever! ”

Ms. Sylla added that she was “very proud of the work that I have carried out with conviction” during her three years as a Member of Parliament, in particular by supporting France’s relations with the African continent.

A lawyer from the Norman city of Rouen, where she was born, Ms. Sylla is a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s party.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said the demonstration deserved “unanimous and unambiguous condemnation”.

“In the face of hatred, the Republic must unite and act,” he added.

Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin tweeted his support and called the targeting of Ms Sylla “vile”.

He declared that France would not “cede one iota to the hate ideology of these extremist groups”.

Updated: July 26, 2020 5:43 PM



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