The UN has spoken out against racism in French politics as yet another questionable image of the French Justice Minister is published.
In the image Christiane Taubira appears to imitate a black man in an old advert for the popular powdered chocolate drink Banania.
The slogan has been changed from ‘Banania, it’s good’, to ‘Taubira, it’s not good’.
The advertising images and simple slogans used by Banania have often led people to label the manufacturer ‘racist’.
Claudine Declerck, a local UMP councillor in the French municipality of Combs-la-Vallée, took the controversial image of Taubira from a pro-Sarkozy Facebook group. She then used it as her profile picture, despite an ongoing investigation over an alleged racial slur against the minister.
The UN stepped in on Friday, calling the recent racist attacks against Taubira “unacceptable”. Its human rights office has warned that this is “a further sign of rising discrimination in many European nations.”
A ‘March for equality and against racism’ is due to take place in France on November 30, marking 30 years since the original demonstration.