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"Je Consomme Noir": in Paris, a Christmas market reserved for black traders questions

2021-12-05T16:28:10.765Z

Organized all weekend in the 18th arrondissement, the event brought together products from “African and Afro-descendant designers”.



On social networks, Internet users have expressed their incomprehension, even their anger, at the sight of a Christmas market which took place this weekend at Hasard Ludique, in Paris (18th arrondissement).

Organized by the association "

Je Consomme Noir

", it brought together products from "

African and Afro-descendant designers

" (food, alcohol, ready-to-wear, books, beauty products ...), indicates the presentation of the 'event.

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A surfer, also referent La République en Marche (LREM) in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, blasted Saturday evening "

a community market

", soon followed by several other people.

“Discrimination”

, “

segregation

”, even “

racism

”, they cried.

Nearly 60,000 followers on Instagram

Contacted by

Le Figaro

, the Je Consomme Noir association, which presents itself as "

a platform aimed at supporting black businesses, run by volunteers

", does not wish to enter into the debate. “

We don't play politics, we want to send a positive message, by doing things for our community,

” explains a volunteer, who points out having had positive feedback from clients “

of all races

”. “

But we expected to have this type of criticism,

” she admits.

If some Internet users wonder about the legality of such an initiative, because of its character considered "

discriminatory

", it does not in reality pose any legal problem, according to Michaël Amado, lawyer at the bars of Paris and Quebec and specialist in law commercial. "

Just like an Alsatian, Provençal or West Indian Christmas market, nothing prevents traders from regrouping around a theme, whether it is that of being Black, African or Afro-descendant

", explains the boss. of the firm Amado Avocats. On the other hand, "

it would be discriminatory to prohibit consumers from coming to enjoy products on the sole pretext that they are not part of the organizing community.

», He specifies, which is not the case with the Christmas market organized by Je Consomme Noir, open to all.

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This event, which was held all weekend, is the very first organized by the association, created in June 2020 with the objective of "

helping businesses in the (black) community to improve their way of communicating

".

She also holds workshops and masterclasses, and promotes black businesses on her social networks.

His Instagram page is followed by nearly 60,000 people.

The brands highlighted are selected "

with great care

", assures the volunteer.

They must have "

a quality and / or ethical approach

", at the social and environmental level, we can read on the website of the association, which hopes that the Christmas market of the Hasard Ludique will be the first event in a long series. .

Source: lefigaro

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