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A preliminary investigation has been opened in France over two tweets comparing a young métis woman to a monkey.

The woman – 17-year-old Mathilde Edey Gamassou – who has a father from Benin and a Polish mother, has been chosen to play the role of Joan of Arc at the next annual festivities celebrating the French national heroine in the town of Orléans, south of Paris.

Gamassou was chosen from around 250 candidates to be the 50th incarnation of the so-called ‘Maid of Orléans’ during the celebrations that are held in spring each year to celebrate the victory in April,1429, of French forces, led by Joan of Arc, over English forces who were besieging the town of Orléans.

However, the announcement last Monday that Gamassou had been chosen to play the French heroine this year, triggered a flood of insulting comments on social networks from supporters of the French far right.

Two tweets in particular caught the attention of the prosecutor of Orléans, who has informed the police. The police have launched an investigation to identify the authors of the tweets, which may transgress race hate laws in France. Read More …

 

 

The woman – 17-year-old Mathilde Edey Gamassou – who has a father from Benin and a Polish mother, has been chosen to play the role of Joan of Arc at the next annual festivities celebrating the French national heroine in the town of Orléans, south of Paris. Gamassou was chosen from around 250 candidates to be the 50th incarnation of the so-called ‘Maid of Orléans’ during the celebrations that are held in spring each year to celebrate the victory in April,1429, of French forces, led by Joan of Arc, over English forces who were besieging the town of Orléans. However, the announcement last Monday that Gamassou had been chosen to play the French heroine this year, triggered a flood of insulting comments on social networks from supporters of the French far right.