(Negress) Mathilde Edey Gamassou was chosen to be this year's Joan of Arc at the
city of Orleans' annual celebration of the French icon...
Rory Mulholland, in Paris 22 February 2018 • 8:21pm posted...
Joan of Arc is particularly venerated by the French far-Right as a symbol of
national resistance, and every year Front National leaders place a wreath at
her statue in Paris at the start of their traditional May Day parade. The
announcement earlier this week that Ms Gamassou, whose father is from Benin
and whose mother is Polish, from among 250 girls in Orleans to depict Joan
of Arc was met with a flurry of angry posts.
"Next year, she (Joan of Arc) will be in a burqa," was the headline of an
article on anti-Muslim site Résistance Républicaine. “Joan of Arc was not of
mixed race, she’s white. Stop changing history and imposing multiculturalism
on us,” said a tweet typical of a flood of posts lamenting that a part-black
person could be picked to play the Catholic saint who was burned at the stake.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02 ... ist-abuse/
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