Political

'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

Court case: Georges Frêche and Ségolène Royal

On 17th November 2006, the Parti Socialiste (PS) minister, Georges Frêche, made a controversial comment relating to the ethnic composition of the French football team. He stated that 'In this team, nine out of eleven players are Blacks. The norm would be more like three or four. That would reflect society. But if there are so many, it's because the Whites are rubbish. I'm ashamed of this country. Soon there will be eleven Blacks.

Court Case: Jean-Sébastien Vialatte

On 13 May 2013, Jean-Sébastien Vialatte, a minister for the right-wing party, the Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP), published a tweet in the wake of the disturbances that occurred in Paris following the victory of Paris-Saint-Germain, which stated that, 'No doubt the troublemakers are slave descendants they have an excuse #Taubira will compensate them' ('Les casseurs sont sûrement des descendants d’esclaves ils ont des excuses #Taubira va leur donner des compensations').

(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.

150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery and the march on 23 May 1998

In the build up to the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, over one hundred different associations and individuals responded to a call to organize an event to honour their slave ancestors to formally mark this historic occasion.