Far-right protesters target black MP in France

The five white men from Generation Identity held placards that read: 'Help the French, not the Africans.'

French prime minister Jean Castex said France must pull together and act against hatred. EPA
French prime minister Jean Castex said France must pull together and act against hatred. EPA

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 the Generation Identity group holding placards 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” in her three years as an MP, in particular supporting the France’s relationship with the African continent.

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

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

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

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted his support and described the targeting of Ms Sylla as “vile”.

He said France would not “cede an iota to the hateful ideology of these extremist groups”.

Published: July 26, 2020 05:43 PM

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