Outrage in France over new slur on black minister

A picture taken on November 12, 2013 in Paris shows a person holding a reproduction of the front page of French far-right weekly magazine "Minute" with a picture of French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira entitled "Maligne comme un singe, Christiane Taubira retrouve la banane" ("Clever as a monkey, Taubira gets her bounce back"). AFP/PHOTO

What you need to know:

  • Minute's front page provoked an outcry amongst politicians across the mainstream political spectrum with many of them calling for the magazine's editor and publisher to be prosecuted for incitement of racial hatred.
  • Taubira is a hate figure for some on the right in French politics, partly as she was the minister responsible for the legalisation of gay marriage earlier this year.
  • At the end of last month, a group of children attending an anti-Taubira/anti-gay marriage demonstration were filmed chanting "monkey, eat your banana".



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