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Elisabeth Borne presents a plan to fight against racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination


This very broad plan will affect different areas, from justice to education, including employment and sport, for example.

Systematize testing on discrimination in employment, “

develop tools

” with digital platforms and influencers, make possible an “

arrest warrant

”: the government will announce on Monday January 30 a plan to fight against racism, the anti-Semitism and discrimination linked to origin.

This 2023-2026 plan, which will be detailed by Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne and the Minister responsible for Equal Opportunities Isabelle Rome, in the presence of ten other ministers, provides for a series of measures that affect different sectors, ranging from education employment, justice or sport.

According to data from the Ministry of Justice, in 2021, “

7,721 cases of a racist, anti-Semitic or xenophobic nature were the subject of legal action


In total “

1,382 convictions [were] pronounced for racist, anti-Semitic or xenophobic acts or committed with this aggravating circumstance


Better educate and train

For more than 5 years, we have been fighting all forms of hatred and tracking down all forms of discrimination

,” declared the Prime Minister, adding that this plan should “

make it possible to better name and better measure

” these phenomena, “

to better educate and train, to better sanction the authors of unacceptable remarks or acts and finally to always better support the victims



To never give in to the trivialization of racism, in all its forms, and of anti-Semitism, we must first educate

", also pleaded Isabelle Rome.


And at the same time, we have to be tough on those spreading this poison


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Élisabeth Borne - whose father, a Jew, was deported, then took his own life when his daughter was 11 - provides in particular in this plan, "

the organization of a visit of history or memory linked to racism , anti-Semitism or anti-Gypsyism for each pupil during his or her schooling


A “


” of the training of teachers and state civil servants in general (security forces, Pôle Emploi reception agents, etc.) is also planned, and must begin “

from the beginning of 2023


Punish bad students

The government also intends to create aggravated penalties in the event of “

non-public offenses of a racist or anti-Semitic nature committed in the exercise of their function by persons holding public authority or charged with a public service mission


Among its flagship measures, the plan also plans to “

systematize testing on discrimination in employment

”, in different sectors, private and public, in consultation with trade unions and employers’ organizations and associations in particular.

Testing consists of sending two identical CVs for the same job offer, with the only difference being the candidate's origin.

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In a “

graduated logic

”, if the bad practices persist, the government does not exclude sanctions and to resort to the practice of “

name and shame

”, publishing the names of the not very virtuous companies.

In order to “

promote digital citizenship

”, the plan plans to involve “

platforms and influencers, in a collaborative work to develop tools aimed at improving the behavior of Internet users


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As with victims of sexual violence, the government wants to secure the filing of a complaint.

The police are invited to better collect and process them, via “

partial anonymization

” or thanks to “

an evaluation grid


The government still intends to include in the law "

the possibility

" of issuing an "

arrest warrant

" in the event of "

racist or anti-Semitic convictions

", "

dispute of crimes against humanity

" or "

apology for crimes against humanity or war crimes


This is to allow the execution of sentences "

when the convicted perpetrators think of escaping it by fleeing abroad


Source: lefigaro

All business articles on 2023-01-29

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