French NGO Takes to Court Min Valls over 'Racial Hatred'
A French association for combating racism is to lodge an official complaint against the country's interior minister, alleging he is inciting racial hatred.
"The Movement against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples" will lodge next week a complaint against Interior Minister Manuel Valls at the Republican court, which probes cases of breaches by ministers,' the association announced.
The move was prompted by Valls' statements that the Bulgarian and Romanian Roma citizens, currently residing on French territory, should be expelled from the state as they have a "totally different lifestyle contradicting those of our citizens".
The strongly worded statements and his big doubts regarding Bulgaria's and Romania's accession to the Schengen Area made headlines across Europe and were discussed in the international community.
Minister Manuel Carlos Valls was born on August 13, 1962 in Barcelona, Spain. His father is a Spanish painter who immigrated to France at the end of the 40s of the last century. His mother is a Swiss national of Italian origin. Thanks to his family background the Socialist speaks Catalonian, Spanish and Italian languages besides French.
Valls knows well what it means to be a descendant of immigrants, which is the reason why many people, including ministers from the French cabinet, have found it hard to explain the minister's xenophobe, even racist position regarding the Bulgarian European citizens - he considers all representatives of an ethnic minority as being all the same.
The European Commission was quick to condemn Valls' statements.
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