“Go to the doghouse”: the Montargis public prosecutor’s office takes charge of racial insults

22 June 2024 / Interviews

This June 21, 2024, the Montargis public prosecutor's office announces that it has taken action following the broadcast of an episode of the flagship program “Envoyé Spécial”, as part of the early legislative elections of June 30 and July 7. The extract in question is the one which shows a couple of supporters of the National Rally covering their neighbor with racist insults: Divine Kinekela, a black caregiver. The couple allegedly threw insults at him like “bonobo” or “we’re at home, go to the doghouse” followed by monkey noises.

In a press release, the public prosecutor Jean-Cédric Graux justifies his decision: “The words and behaviors observed could be criminalized as public and non-public insults of a racial nature, public provocation to discrimination and violence without incapacity of a racial nature, the Montargis public prosecutor's office took up these facts” The latter also specifies that the maximum penalty incurred is three years' imprisonment and 45 euros.

A sequence that caused a reaction

On of Montargis for his absolutely unacceptable comments made in this video” before adding: “Hate will never have its place in our courts” Indeed, the woman suspected of having insulted the caregiver works at the Montargis court .

Same story on the left. Political leaders like Olivier Faure, first secretary of the Socialist Party who denounces: “[…] ordinary racism encouraged by the rise of the RN. Divine is a caregiver. Maybe she'll be the one to take care of us one day. So not only is she at home, but: thank you, Madam, for your dignity” Ian Brossat, spokesperson for the Communist Party also gave his support to Divine Kinekala: “[…] And deep disgust in the face of this disgusting racism. Let's wake up"

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