Nov 4, 2022

French parliament halted as MP shouts 'go back to Africa'

The French parliament was brought to a halt after a far-right MP shouted "They should go back to Africa" as a black colleague talked about immigration. Grégoire de Fournas, a member of National Rally, said later his remark had not been aimed at Carlos Martens Bilongo himself but at migrants trying to reach Europe by sea. Mr Bilongo said he had been born in France and the remark was "Shameful". As MPs chanted "Out! Out! Out!", she suspended the session, declaring, "This is not possible." Mr Bilongo, an MP from the the left-wing party France Unbowed, said: "Today it's come back to the colour of my skin. I was born in France, I am a French MP.".

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