In Rouen, a “foreigners outside” evening sparks controversy

In Rouen, a “foreigners outside” evening sparks controversy
In Rouen, a “foreigners outside” evening sparks controversy

In France, an evening organized by a community bar in the city of Rouen caused an outcry. Scheduled for Friday June 28, this evening entitled “Foreigners outside” is considered racist by many Internet users. Moreover, the mayor of Rouen has decided to take legal action.

While the electoral campaign for the early legislative elections is in full swing in France, a case related to immigration has focused part of the political class and French public opinion in recent hours. As revealed by the site -.fr, the bar “Le Mora”, located in the city of Rouen, is organizing an evening on Friday June 28 entitled “Ausländer Raus”, this expression written in German translates as “Foreigners outside” .

The visual of the event was posted on the Instagram page of this bar identified as being a den of ultra-right activists from Rouen. This event is therefore reserved for members of the bar, given that it is an associative place. Which is a normal thing if the title of the said evening does not carry a racist connotation, many Internet users judge.

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The mayor of Rouen takes legal action

Moreover, the announcement of this evening has sparked a lively controversy in France, against the backdrop of the electoral campaign for the legislative elections, where the question of immigration constantly returns to the program of many political parties. The mayor of Rouen, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, announced that he would take legal action after the announcement of the organization of this evening. “A “Foreigners Out” evening has nothing to do in Rouen, nor anywhere in Europe,” denounced the councilor in a press release, and specified that he had also contacted the prefecture.

In the letter he sent on Friday June 21 to the prosecutor and which he made public on “. He considers that “these comments are in violation of article 1 of Law No. 90-615 of July 13, 1990 tending to repress any racist, anti-Semitic or xenophobic act.”

Contacted by AFP, the bar managers believe that if “the slogan (is) deliberately provocative”, it has above all become “a symbol for an increasingly large part of European youth who reject mass immigration” . The “immigrationist” mayor […] persists in wanting to ban an evening of young patriots,” they assert, saying they are keeping the evening on the planned date.

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