France condemns far-right protest against black lawmaker

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PARIS (AP) – France’s interior minister on Saturday pledged to fight “hate ideology” after far-right extremists published photos of a protest outside the offices of a black lawmaker.

Lawmaker Sira Sylla tweeted a photo of the small demonstration with the words “You will never affect me. “

The photo showed five white men holding placards and a banner that read: “Help the French, not the Africans.” The posters and banner all bore the name of a far-right group. The two men holding the banner also waved flares.

Sylla, lawyer for the Norman city of Rouen, where she was born, is a member of the Republic in motion of French President Emmanuel Macron! Party. In her tweet, she said she was “more determined than ever! “

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

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

The same photo and two similar ones were posted on a Telegram channel apparently set up by a Norman wing of the far-right anti-immigration group.

A message on the channel said that the protest by activists at the legislator’s office in the suburbs of Rouen was “to remind him of the need for priorities: help the French!” “

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