The president of the UNEF, Mélanie Luce had mentioned last week the organization of “single-sex” meetings within the student union to “allow people affected by racism to be able to express what they are going through”, causing a lively controversy.
Asked about this on Saturday, the left-wing candidate first began by explaining: “the word race, I reject it, I consider that there is a human race”, ensuring that “the Republic must be at home everywhere”.
“The Republic is there, it protects us, but sometimes it does not keep its promises”, continued Audrey Pulvar, calling for “not to be blind to dysfunctions” and stressing that there remained “inequalities to be tackled”, evoking both racism and homophobia.
“That people discriminated against for the same reasons and in the same way feel the need to meet together to discuss it, that does not shock me deeply”, she then estimated, while specifying that she preferred that the wording of these meetings not exclude a category of the population. “If it turns out that comes to this workshop [à destination des personnes noires et métis] a white woman, a white man, there’s no question of throwing it away. On the other hand, we can ask him to be silent, to be a silent spectator. “
His comment aroused the ire of some elected officials, especially on the right and the far right. “In my region, no inhabitant should be discriminated against for the color of their skin. There is no such thing as ‘acceptable’ racism.”, reacted on Twitter the current president of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse (Libres!).
I believe in the indivisibility of the Republic & in the unity of the nation. In my region, no inhabitant should be discriminated against for the color of their skin. There is no such thing as “acceptable” racism! I will always be a bulwark against those who try to fracture our country.
– Valérie Pécresse (@vpecresse) March 27, 2021
“This form of essentialism is the basis of the construction of racist thought. Our Republic, more than ever, is one and indivisible”, commented the head of the LREM list, Laurant Saint-Martin. Audrey Pulvar “must apologize to the Republic” also estimated the vice-president of the region, Geoffroy Didier, still on the social network.
The prosecution must initiate a prosecution for incitement to racial discrimination against Ms Pulvar.
We must put an end to this racist escalation on the part of a part of the extreme left which is freed from all legal, moral and republican rules. MLP https://t.co/l2c6Ty3XOD
– Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) March 27, 2021
“The prosecution must initiate proceedings for incitement to racial discrimination against Ms. Pulvar”, also asked Marine Le Pen. “It is this left which flounders in Islamo-leftism and hatred of whites which aspires to preside over the first region of France?”, asks Jordan Bardella, vice-president of the party.
Audrey Pulvar is not racist! She just understood what a support group is. Those who pounce on it, on the other hand, cannot hide their sexist and discriminating inclination. Public debate is collapsing. Will the PS defend its candidate in Île-de-France?
– Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) March 27, 2021
The socialist candidate, on the other hand, received the support of several left-wing personalities, including Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “Audrey Pulvar is not racist! She just understood what a support group is”, he said on Twitter. “In the name of the Republic, some pass anti-racism activists for racists and the struggles for emancipation as identity folds. This great confusion which confuses universalism and uniformity rots the democratic debate”, wrote Green MEP David Cormand.
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