Racism against Aya Nakamura: open investigation

March 15, 2024 / Interviews

Publications of a racist nature towards singer Aya Nakamura have been the subject of an investigation since today, the Paris prosecutor's office announced. Justice will do its job.

Following a report from Licra, denouncing the repeated racist messages on social networks towards the Franco-Malian singer, Aya Nakamura, the subject took a legal turn. The singer's name keeps coming back to the top of the list to sing at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Paris this summer.

At 28, she is currently the most listened to Frenchwoman in the world. But it is the subject of virulent attacks. Under the guise of freedom of expression, the subject quickly deviated on social networks to his skin color and his origins.

Crowned female artist at the Victoires de la Musique, Aya Nakamura has sparked a national debate since we learned at the end of February in L'Express that she could launch the Olympics, on the evening of July 26, by performing Edith Piaf.

A small ultra-right group, Les Natifs, had posted on their networks a photo of a banner held up by around ten of its members, well hidden behind it. We could read the inscription: “There's no way Aya, this is Paris, not the Bamako market! ".

Speaking in his defense, the Minister of Culture, Rachida Dati, warned against “ pretexts to attack someone out of pure racism ". “Attacking an artist for who she is is unacceptable, it is a crime,” she added during a Senate hearing.

On BFM TV, Patrick Bruel came to the aid of the popular singer: “ When Jessye Norman sang the Marseillaise in 1989 for the bicentenary of the revolution, she represented France? This type of debate leads into bad territory that we would not like to hear. I wouldn't like to imagine the reasons why there is this controversy... In any case, I would be delighted to hear him sing Édith Piaf. »