Feb 28, 2018

France anger after MP shares letter with racist death threats

A French lawmaker has filed a formal complaint after receiving a letter with racist insults and death threats. The letter sent to Ms Avia, a member of France's National Assembly from President Emmanuel Macron's En Marche movement, said: "We're not going to let a fat black swine from Africa meddle in the lives of the French." Among those who condemned the letter was France's gender equality minister, Marlène Schiappa, who denounced the "Unacceptable racism and sexism". Ms Avia thanked the support she had had on Twitter, where her name became a trending topic in France. Last year, lawmaker Sacha Houlié, also from En Marche, received a letter with a threat from a man who claimed to be a pensioner.

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