Côte d’Azur, “Sun loungers for whites only”: a video nails the lifeguards of two VIP establishments

Côte d’Azur, “Sun loungers for whites only”: a video nails the lifeguards of two VIP establishments

Racism goes under the umbrella. This was shown by an operation that was carried out in French Riviera by Sos Racisme at the end of July and which, by the end of the summer, will lead to the lawsuit against two noble establishments on the coast of Antibes and Juan les Pins. On the morning of July 30, the teams of the French anti-racist association went into action. Objective: test the hospitality of the bathing establishments in the south of France and ensure that there are no racist filters for those who ask for deckchairs, parasols and sunbeds (among other things at far from free prices).

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The entire flash was filmed and then transmitted from the side Loopsider. It provoked reactions from the French political class up to the Ministry of Integration. Filmed by a hidden video camera, the guys from Sos Racisme appeared in pairs at the counters of the major seaside resorts on the coast. First a few black people, and in two cases the answer was categorical: “Sorry, everything is complete, no deckchairs for the next few days, no umbrella, not even in the last row.” Shortly thereafter, two more guys showed up at the same entrances, this time from Maghrebi: same answer, all sold out, no space on the golden sandy beach.

Less than half an hour goes by and the last couple sent by the association arrives, the so-called witness couple: two white boys. And as if by magic, umbrellas and sun loungers come out, not really in the front row, but definitely some spots in the sun. “We are confronted with a structural racism in our society, it is intolerable,” commented France Insoumise’s radical left. “It’s the reality of racism and discrimination,” tweeted Manuel Bompard, deputy and former head of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s presidential campaign. Socialist Senator Rachid Temal echoed the sentiment: “The year is 2022 in France and these are episodes of ordinary racism. We must strengthen the instruments of control, verification and also sanctions ».
No wonder for Sos Racisme: “Racism does not only exist at work, when you come to an interview or find a house to rent or sell, racism also exists on vacation,” commented Aurore Barbier, who announced the mission of the Côte d’Azur and has announced that the two works caught in the act will be displayed. Aurore had anticipated the operation with a series of phone calls to many establishments: in several cases a name with Arabic or African consonance was enough to make it impossible to book an umbrella, which was instead confirmed for more traditional French surnames. It should be noted that on the day of the face-to-face test, the black and Maghreb boys received the same responses (regarding the availability of umbrellas and sun loungers) as their white peers in eight other cases, i.e. without discrimination at the entrance. . .
“Racism is present in every moment for many of our fellow citizens,” Greens of Europe ecology spokesmen Chloé Sagaspe and Alain Coulombel lamented in a statement. It takes strong decisions that have a profound impact.” For Eelv’s secretary Julien Bayou, “the judiciary must be able to stop and severely sanction clearly discriminatory behavior such as that highlighted by Sos Racisme on the Côte d’Azur”.

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“The result of our investigation is that out of ten private beaches tested, two had highly discriminatory practices,” said Sos Racisme Secretary General Hermann Ebongue. Of course we will indicate the two establishments, since it is important to remember that the laws of the Republic must be respected. But that’s not enough: we also intend to hold the prefect of the region and all local representatives accountable ». The Minister for Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Isabelle Rome, spoke of facts that would be “very serious” if confirmed and that new measures to combat discrimination would be included “in the next national plan to combat racism and anti-Semitism”.

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