An accusation has been levelled at France that racist feelings underscored the French municipal elections, held on March 6 and 13.
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
An accusation has been levelled at France that racist feelings underscored the French municipal elections, held on March 6 and 13. the issue was raised by the Arab League representative in France. M'Hammed Yazid. He told a news conference in Paris on March 15 that as an observer he did not want to interfere in the internal affairs of France, but felt he had to speak out on the way Right-Wing factions had campaigned. Mr. Yazid alleged that organisations and big money were involved in financing ceratin groups and personalities with racist views. Immigration was a central election issue in large French cities such as Marseilles and Lyons during the polls. They have ethnic communities from the former french colonies of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Black Africa. Unemployment among foreigners is more than ten per cent above the national average ant the total migrant population exceeds four million. Mr. Yazid made his comments on the eve of an Arab League meeting on the problems of Arab immigrants in France. He said Arab countries were ready to hold talks with French officials, but stressed the immigration problem was mainly an issue for France.
Source: REUTERS - FREDERIC FABRE