Citizen rights

An end to racism: Cifordom's petition to Hollande

In response to the emergence of many high-profile incidents of racial hatred relating to the French Minister for Justice, Christiane Taubira, on 17 July 2014, the association Centre d’Information, Formation, Recherche et Développement pour les Originaires d’Outre-Mer (Cifordom) submitted a petition with over 600 signatures to the French president, François Hollande, in support of a document entitled 'A Genuine Plan to End Racism' ('Un veritable plan pour en finir avec le racism').

'Dédiscrimination' (Cifordom): Actions against positive discrimination, anonymous CVs and housing

In 2007, the president of the Centre d’Information, Formation, Recherche et Développement pour les Originaires d’Outre-Mer (Cifordom)  was appointed as a member of the Council of Equal Opportunities (Conseil de l’Égalité des chances) for the Regional Council of Ile-de-France where he defended the concept of 'dédiscrimination' and affirmed his opposition to the idea of positive discrimination and the anonymous CV (put in place to mitigate against the threat of societal racism posed by employers who rejected CVs with non

Demonstrations against racism: Christiane Taubira

In 2013, the Minister for Justice, Christiane Taubira, was the subject of a number of racist attacks. These included a headline for the extreme right-wing journal Minute, in which Taubira's photo was accompanied by the text, 'Cunning as a monkey, Taubira rediscovers her smile' ('Maligne comme un singe, Taubira retrouve la banane' - note that the colloquialism 'banane' or banana refers to a wide smile, but in this case is used with distinct racial connotations).

Exhibit B in Paris

In December 2014, the arrival of the South African artist Brett Bailey's controversial Exhibit B to Paris resulted in a number of demonstrations in which the Collectif/Brigade Anti-Négrophobie participated along side the Centre Dumas-Pouchkine des diasporas et cultures africaines, the Alliance noire citoyenne et the association L'Amozaïk. Before its arrival, Exhibit B had been widely criticized for its recreation of the infamous human zoos of the 19th century.

(Non-)Participation in 10 May ceremony

The Collectif/Brigade Anti-Négrophobie has attempted on a number of occasion to participate in France's national day for remembering the slave trade, slavery and their abolition, which has taken place each year since 2006 on 10 May. On 10 May 2011, under Sarkozy, the Collectif/Brigade Anti-Négrophobie was forcibly expelled by police from the Jardin du Luxembourg.

The Boycott of Guerlain House of Perfume

In October 2010, Jean-Paul Guerlain (the last master perfumer of the Guerlain dynasty) was accused of racism after he stated, during a TV interview on the creation of Samsara (France 2), that 'For once, I set to work like a nigger. I don’t know if niggers have always worked like that, but anyway...'.