Marine le Pen defends the expression “go to the doghouse” and denies any racist connotation

23 June 2024 / Interviews

The Special Envoy report broadcast Thursday evening on France 2 continues to provoke reactions within the political class. This report, filmed in Montargis (Loiret), with a view to the legislative elections, highlighted a tense neighborhood situation involving supporters of the National Rally (RN).

Marine Le Pen's reaction

In an interview published on Saturday June 22 in La Voix du Nord, Marine Le Pen, RN candidate in the 11th constituency of Pas-de-Calais, defended the comments made by a white couple of RN sympathizers towards their neighbor, an aide- black caregiver, Divine Kinkela. The couple used the expression “go to the doghouse”, which Marine Le Pen does not consider racist. She criticizes the Special Envoy report, calling the program "ultra-politicized on the far left" and criticizes the media for not reporting that Divine Kinkela is, according to her, a communist activist with pan-African supremacist beliefs.

Neighborhood conflict or racism?

Marine Le Pen goes on to say that "the question is whether 'go to your niche' is not a popular expression of people who hate each other." She emphasizes that the interpretation of these remarks as being racist is linked to the skin color of the victim, which she finds scandalous. She concludes by accusing the report of leading public opinion to believe that the RN's coming to power would lead to racist behavior.

The facts recounted in the report

The report shows Divine Kinkela, living in France for 30 years, suffering insults from her neighbors. The man of the couple accuses “the Mustapha, the whatever you want” of “not respecting the customs of France”. His companion, whose face is blurred, takes the caregiver to task by telling her: “We do what we want, we are at home. Go to the doghouse! ".

Judicial and political reactions

The Minister of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, requested a report to obtain the suspension of this lady, an official of the Montargis court. The Montargis public prosecutor's office also announced that it had taken up these facts, qualifying the words and behavior observed as potentially giving rise to criminal qualifications of public and non-public insults of a racial nature, public provocation to discrimination and violence without incapacity of a racial nature. .