Inspired by Barack Obama’s historic US presidential win, French calls for action to end discrimination against minorities are mounting. Tonight we ask whether affirmative action should be on France’s agenda.
With many French finding themselves passionately inspired by Barack Obama’s historic US presidential win, more and more are using the slogan ‘yes we can’ in France.
The country’s First Lady, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, said she would support measures to promote minorities, claiming it’s time for France to end racism and change the structures dominated by white political and social elites.
But, with national census laws where they stand, it may be impossible to institute ’positive discrimination” measures because legally, minority and ethnic status is supposed to go uncounted and unrecognized here under the banner of equality. Still, grassroots moves are underway to change a system that many feel leaves minorities marginalized.
So is affirmative action the answer?
Read the full article here (includes a two-part video where guests discuss affirmative action for France).