A new highly critical report by France’s human rights watchdog has energized the country’s conversation on race, especially after large protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, Karina Piser (France, 2017-2019) writes in Foreign Policy. 

In his report, the human rights ombudsman Jacques Toubon said discrimination is “systemic,” a new criticism in official France, which famously sees itself as colorblind.

“For activists who for years have labored to make their voices heard,” she writes, “the current moment presents a new opportunity not just to advance the fight against racism and police violence but to chip away at the way France conceives of race.”


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