France / 13-09-2012
Ayrault announces plan to combat racism and antisemitism
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has announced a “plan of action” to use education to fight racism and antisemitism in the country.
In a speech at the inauguration of a new memorial at the Camp des Milles in Aix en Province, Ayrault said he would be meeting with an interministerial committee in the next few days to discuss the project.
“[The project] will be first of all based in education, and the will to fight against foreign, or other, prejudices which are still anchored in some mentalities, and which bad winds have stirred up again over the past few years,” Ayrault said.
“No one can deny the resurgence of antisemitic and racist behaviour.”
Ayrault said he was “astounded” at the publication of a leaflet by French author Richard Millet defending the actions of Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik.
“I was very shocked by it, the risk is that is trivialises everything. Trivialisation and this kind of glorification of violence is always scary,” he added.