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French prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of racism after a right-wing magazine published images showing a black MP as a slave, sparking a national outcry.The weekly Valeurs Actuelles sparked controversy after publishing images of left-wing MP Danièle Obono with a chain attached to an iron collar around her neck.

A preliminary investigation has been opened into “racist attacks,” said Paris prosecutor Rémy Heitz in a statement.

The French government said over the weekend that President Emmanuel Macron called Obono, who is from the far-left France Unbowed party, and “expressed his clear condemnation of any form of racism.”

Prime Minister Jean Castex said it was a “revolting publication calling for a clear condemnation” and told Obono she had the support of the government.

Obono tweeted: “The far right – odious, stupid and cruel. In short, to be himself.

Deputy Obono
(@Deputee_Obono)

It seems ‘Qu’on-Peut-Pu-Rien-Dire’ #BienPensance. Fortunately we can still write racist shit in a cloth illustrated by the images of a black African French MP repainted as a slave …
The extreme right, odious, stupid and cruel. In short, equal to itself. pic.twitter.com/EupKSXZ207

Aug 28, 2020

Valeurs Actuelles, which commentators consider sympathetic to the far right, denied the image was racist. He said the seven-page story about Obono – which she called “imaginary fiction” – was “a work of fiction … but never mean”.

There were several protests in June and July in France against racial injustice as well as colonial and police brutality, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd in the United States.

Macron raised his eyebrows when he gave an interview to Valeurs Actuelles last year and hailed it as a “good magazine”.

While he is committed to eradicating racism, he also said that France will not remove statues of figures linked to colonial times or the slave trade, as has recently happened in others. country.



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