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French socialist thrown out of party for racism against Blacks January 28, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-black, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, France, French Racism, Georges Freche, Patrick Mennucci, Racism, Racist, Segolene Royal, soccer, Soccer Racism, Socialist Party.
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PARIS: The French Socialist party threw out one of its leading members on Saturday for having said there were too many black players in the national soccer team, adding to the woes of its presidential candidate Segolene Royal.

Georges Freche, president of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south and a founding member of the party, is a supporter of Royal. She has backed his expulsion from the party but it comes at a bad time for her as she faces criticism for a series of gaffes on foreign policy and domestic issues.

The decision was made at a meeting of members of a commission set up to resolve internal party disputes.

“If he had not said what he said, we would all. . . be in a much more agreeable situation,” said Patrick Mennucci, deputy director of Royal’s campaign.

“The situation is very unpleasant and the Socialist Party cannot continue to have someone who makes comments of this sort in its ranks.”

In November, Freches was reported complaining at a local political meeting that nine out of the eleven members of the national soccer team were black.

“I am ashamed for this country. Soon there will be eleven blacks,” the Midi libre newspaper quoted him as saying.

Freches was also fined 15,000 euros ($NZ28,297) by a French court on Thursday for having called Algerians who fought alongside the French in Algeria’s war of independence “sub-human”.

He had already been suspended from some party functions after making those comments last year and faced up to six months in jail as well as a fine for “abuse of a group of people because of their ethnic, racial or religious affiliations”.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Stuff.co.nz

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