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French activists pose as employers to expose racism

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PARIS — French anti-racism activists who telephoned momentary employment companies posing as a development agency that wished to rent solely “European” staff say that greater than one-third of the companies agreed to assist with the discriminatory search.

SOS Racisme, a nationwide affiliation of anti-discrimination teams, launched audio recordings Friday of among the calls made in May to 69 Paris-region temp companies.

During the calls, activists pretended to work for a fictitious development agency in search of guide laborers for a constructing web site. They defined they have been in search of solely laborers with “European profiles,” suggesting not folks of colour.

“If there’s absolutely no trace of this type of exchange, we can do what is necessary,” mentioned a lady who answered one of many calls, in accordance to the recordings.

An worker at one other company was recorded saying: “I’m making a note to myself so I can propose the profiles you want.”

“But I can’t say it will be this color or that community. That’s too complicated,” she added.

Discrimination on the idea of colour, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or non secular perception is against the law in France.

SOS Racisme mentioned the 69 workplaces it known as have been all associates of France’s main temp companies, with billions of {dollars} in mixed revenues.

Head of SOS Racisme anti-racist NGO Dominique Sopo delivers a speech in front of signs and balls and chains as people gather in protest in front of the Valeurs Actuelles magazine's headquarters in Paris on September 4, 2020.
Head of SOS Racisme anti-racist NGO Dominique Sopo delivers a speech in entrance of indicators and balls and chains as folks collect in protest in entrance of the Valeurs Actuelles journal’s headquarters in Paris on September 4, 2020.
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It mentioned 55% of the department workplaces it contacted refused requests to discriminate.

But 39% of these known as agreed to weed folks out on racial grounds, the marketing campaign group mentioned.

The remaining 6% additionally refused to racially choose candidates however advised that the fictional agency achieve this itself, SOS Racisme mentioned.

Although restricted in scope to a small variety of companies, the findings spotlight what anti-racism campaigners say is a wider drawback of discrimination in some French workplaces.

Previous analysis has proven discrimination towards job-seekers from neighborhoods with immigrant populations or with names that aren’t historically French.

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