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Watch Black MP told by far-right colleague, ‘Go back to Africa, French Parliament suspended

On Thursday, a session of the French Parliament was suspended after unprecedented behavior by a far-right Member of Parliament (MP). A parliamentarian of the far-right party led by Marie Le Pen shouted “Go back to Africa, when a black parliamentarian was asking a question about finding a port to help hundreds of migrants, rescued at sea, as requested by NGO SOS Méditerranée.

Assemblée Nationale President Yaël Braun-Pivet questioned which MP had said that phrase. The session was then suspended. The National Assembly President Braun-Privet also said that the there would be an investigation on the comment, on Friday.

The verbal attack was made by Grégoire de Fournas 31, a newly elected National Rally MP for the Gironde department in South West France. Carlos Martens Bilongo, 31 of the left-wing France Insoumis (France Unbowed) party was verbally attacked.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said, “Racism has no place in our democracy.” She urged the assembly to place sanctions on the far-right MP.


LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon tweeted that the comments by Fournas were “beyond intolerable.” The leader said that the deputy should be removed from the National Assembly.

National Rally leader Marie Le Pen has not commented on the remark by her party member. Jordan Bardella, who is expected to succeed her as party leader at a congress this weekend, defended the deputy. He said that the deputy had meant that the boats should go back to African ports.

Mr. de Fournas later appeared on BFM television and defended his comment. He said that the National Rally wanted to halt illegal immigrants from Africa to France. He said that there was a surge in the number of people who were trying to immigrate to France.

He also accused the LFI of “manipulation.” His party also denied that there was a personal attack against Mr. Bilongo. Carlos Martens Bilongo Is a teacher, who is born on France. He is of African descent.

National Rally leader Marie Le Pen lost to Emmanuel Macron, for the second time, in the recently held presidential elections in France.

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