Hate Messages Flood Education Minister’s Facebook Page After This Image is Posted

Hardline French conservatives are up in arms after the latest Socialist government reshuffle saw Najat Vallaud-Belkacem — one of their least loved ladies — promoted to Education Minister. 

Ségolène Royal (right) and Najat Belkacem at a Socialist Party function in 2009 (Credit Mikani Wikipedia)

Ségolène Royal (left) and Najat Belkacem at a Socialist Party function in 2009 (Credit Mikani Wikipedia)

She has been under fire for months over the “gender theory” policy she allegedly promoted in her previous equalities post. Now as J.N. Paquet notes in this commentary for Ground Report she has sparked an outcry with an allegedly “discriminatory” photo of kindergarten children.

The image that sparked a social media hate campaign in France

Sophie Brändström / PictureTank / Ministère chargé de l'Éducation nationale) / Via Facebook: EducationFranceThis innocent photograph of eight kindergarten children in Paris, posted on the Facebook page of the French Ministry of Education last Monday, has since received a storm of insults and racist comments, because of the children’s skin colour.  The photograph was posted on the Ministry’s Facebook page on Monday to drive its over 45,000 ‘LIKERS’ to visit its website for more information about its work and projects. However, the photograph that shows six black children and two white children in a school was seen by hundreds of visitors as a provocation, so much so that they started commenting it, leaving both insults against the government and the new Minister of Education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, (the first woman Minister of Education in France’s history!) and deeply disturbing racist comments, which were then shared online by hundreds of other people. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (Photo Credit: Benjamin Geminel, derivative work by Flappiefh) / Via en.wikipedia.org Comments from Facebook users varied from irony to being offensive and insulting, to finally being deeply racist — each comment being ‘LIKED’ and shared by hundreds of other users. IRONIC COMMENTS  “How beautiful, diversity!”, “Is that in France?” or “Scandalous!” 1 “When you look at the majority, there won’t be any more melting pot soon…”, “Poor France…”, “Wow, long live diversity!!”, “Beautiful France..” or “Shameful. I can’t wait for change”… 1b OFFENSIVE AND INSULTING COMMENTS  “When you see who is the new Minister of Education, I am not surprised with this picture!!! Long live France and RIP” 3 RACIST COMMENTS “With this picture, we see that the discrimination against white people is happening now! Wasn’t it possible to have at least a 50-50???”, “I think this picture doesn’t represent what French schools look like: What is the little white boy still doing there? Oh, I’m told he is a Kosovar… Look how beautiful the future of France is with the start of the replacement of the population.”, “Where are the FRENCH……..?”, “France in 50 years’ time…… 2 whites out of 8… I have a thought for the soldiers of WW1 and WW2, and the forgotten heroes of the Indochina War and Algerian War. Sacrificed for nothing :) ” or “Oh my, I had not noticed at first! I think one of them is a Gypsy!” 4 After such abuse, the Ministry of Education posted a message on the very same Facebook page, last Thursday, in which they called the comments “offensive” and “racist”, and announced that they were being removed “in accordance with the code of conduct of the (Facebook) page.” “This page is a space for positive and constructive dialogue on today’s school, not a political forum,” the Ministry also added. However, at the time this article is being published (Sunday, 11.45pm), most comments are still available online and have not been removed from the Ministry’s Facebook page. Republished here under the terms of the Creative Commons license below: This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License. Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives

UPDATE: Here is the statement on the Ministry Facebook Page denouncing the ‘racist’ comments that appeared on the page and which have now been removed:


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3 Responses to Hate Messages Flood Education Minister’s Facebook Page After This Image is Posted

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  2. John Mitchell September 1, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Liberal left has destroyed the west. This mix will only get worse and civil war and blood shed will be the result.

  3. Edward McCain September 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Are they all from the same country, or do they hail from different parts of the world? Diversity is more than just skin color.

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