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Blacks, Arabs, Yellow Vests: French Tales of Police Brutality

LE BREAKDOWN With Yasser Louati

  • 03/06/20
  • 52 min

About this Episode

French elites easily call out racism and police brutality in the US or elsewhere but they have no lessons to give when we see what’s going on here. As thousands tool to the street to call out police brutality in France and as anger is being expressed across the United States following the death of George Floyd, this podcast analyzes the deep roots of police brutality in France. Blacks and arabs are 20 times more likely of being racially profiled by the police. Police brutality has been called out for decades and for generations. From the birth of the “Police Nationale” under the antisemitic government of Vichy which had collaborated with the Nazis to the racist violence exercised by against blacks, arabs, Muslims in the so called “Banlieues”, we see how racist ideologies have remained deeply engrained in the police.