A French MP stops parliament by shouting “Go back to Africa” at a black MP.
France The lower house of parliament adjourned on Thursday after a far-right lawmaker shouted: “Go back to Africa!” as a far-left black lawmaker raised a question about immigration.
The comment caused a great stir. The central government and the left-wing alliance said it was an unacceptable racist insult. The far-right claimed that MP Grégoire de Furnas was not addressing the questioner, MP Carlos Martens Bilongo, but the migrants stuck on the NGO boat.
“There is no place for racism in our democracy. The Bureau of the National Assembly will convene (Friday) and decide on the necessary sanctions,” Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne told reporters after the incident.
Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) member De Furnas and her party insisted she had said nothing wrong.
He was “obviously talking about migrants transported by boats by NGOs,” Le Pen wrote on Twitter. “The controversies created by our political opponents … will not deceive the French.”
Bilongo saw it very differently, calling the comment “shameful”. “Today I was returned to the color of my skin. I was born in France. I am a French deputy,” he said.
Stéphane Sejourn, who leads President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party, said de Furnas should resign, while the left-wing Nupes bloc said he should be fired.
In recent years, Le Pen has made huge strides in cleaning up her party’s image and convincing voters that the party founded by her father, Jean-Marie, which has been repeatedly condemned for inciting racial hatred, has moved into the conservative mainstream and is now fit to govern;
With 89 lawmakers, the RN is the second largest party in parliament.
Le Pen’s close ally Jordan Bardella is expected to take over as party leader on Saturday, even if Le Pen is still calling the shots.
“The national rally showed its true face today,” Nupes, the left-wing alliance, said in a statement. “This racist slur is typical of the extreme right. to stigmatize according to the color of your skin, to divide the French people.”
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