An SNCF leader spoke out on Friday against accusations made by a rebellious deputy on facial checks linked to the obligation of the health pass in long-distance trains.
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Relaying information on Twitter on the possibility of seeing the SNCF set up random checks of the health pass, Mathilde Panot, vice-president of the LFI group at the Assembly, wrote on Thursday "
'We will control more vigilantly and Arabs and Blacks'
”, followed by the
This tweet provoked many reactions on the platform, including that of the user "
" who invited Ms. Panot to "
delete this tweet, apologize and explain
", arguing that "
the SNCF is the railway workers who make it (...) who continue to suffer like others
the fascists, we don't like them here, for a long time
In response, Ms. Panot, who represents the Val-de-Marne (south-east of Paris) affirmed that she did
not implicate the railway workers with whom I shared and share so many fights, but the management. of the SNCF
”and the government. Quoting the Defender of Rights, she said that "
people perceived as black or Arab are 20 times more likely to be checked
SNCF Voyageurs CEO Christophe Fanichet, also on Twitter, for his part said on Friday "
joins (r) all the railway workers who are offended by your tweet, while we are at the service of all and deeply attached to republican values
", Adding to be"
at your disposal to present our work on the health pass
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From the publication of Ms. Panot's initial tweet, in the midst of a debate on the adoption of a new anti-Covid bill with the extension of the health pass, the Minister for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari replied on Twitter with a photo showing the leader of LFI, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, his hand on his forehead and his eyes in a gesture of disbelief.