The death of George Floyd in the US has unleashed protests in France. Demonstrators have expressed anger at racial injustice and police brutality, particularly toward minorities from France’s former colonies in Africa. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to be uncompromising in the face of racism, but has insisted France will not take down statues of colonial-era figures. Meanwhile, others are calling on the government to legalise the collection of statistics on race, religion or ethnicity. Is France, which likes to think of itself as a colour-blind republic, ready for change?
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In This Story: George Floyd
George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.