The Paris prosecutor, Rémy Heitz, announced, Monday, August 31, the opening of a preliminary investigation for “Racist insults” after publication in the weekly Current values of a “Political-fiction” depicting MP Danièle Obono as a slave.
The article in the ultra-conservative magazine sparked a wave of unanimous condemnation in the political class, including the President of the Republic. The investigation was entrusted to the brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP), said Mr. Heitz in a statement.
In this seven-page fictional tale, published as part of a summer series where leading politicians “Travel in the corridors of time”, the deputy La France insoumise (LFI) from Paris, with black skin, “Experience the responsibility of Africans in the horrors of slavery” in the XVIIIe century, according to the magazine’s presentation. Drawings by Danièle Obono, iron necklace around the neck, accompany this “Summer novel”.
“The extreme right, odious, stupid and cruel”
Denouncing “An insult to [ses] ancestors, his family ” and “To the Republic”, Danièle Obono declared ” reflect “ to file a complaint, Saturday evening on BFM-TV. This publication is, according to her, “A stain that will not be erased”, but above all “The culmination of a media relentlessness” against her. The deputy asks ” acts “. “For three years we have been alerting to the fact that there is a process of racialization, of racism in this country”, she added.
As early as Friday, the deputy had mentioned on Twitter a “Racist shit in a tea towel”. “The extreme right, odious, stupid and cruel. In short, equal to itself ”, she added. LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon spoke out against a “Foul-smelling harassment” towards the member.
Saturday afternoon, the weekly published a statement, relayed on Twitter, apologizing to the member. “If we firmly dispute the accusations [de racisme] (…), we also have enough clairvoyance to understand that Danièle Obono could have felt personally hurt by this fiction. We regret it and apologize to him. “