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Anne-Sophie Leclere was suspended by the National Front in France after calling Christiane Taubira a “monkey,” who she would “rather see in trees than in the government.”
Anne Sophie Leclere is a mayoral candidate in Rethel, in the Ardennes. The mayoral candidate posted on her Facebook page an image of a baby monkey with a caption “at 18 months” and a picture of Taubira with a caption “now.”
Envoye Special, who found the pictures, asked Leclere about the pictures and who said that it had nothing to do with racism. However, she went on to say “to be honest, I’d rather see her in the branches of a tree than in the government. Quite frankly, she’s a savage when she arrives with a devilish grin. But it has nothing to do with racism.”
IBT has reported that the racism associated with Taubira has followed the trend of racism thrown at Congolese-born Prime Minister Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first black cabinet prime minister. Kyenge has been subjected to being called an orangutan and has had bananas thrown at her during a public appearance.
Enrico Letta named Kyenge prime minister in April, which makes her the first black cabinet prime minister in the country’s history. The doctor, who is 49 years old, has endured a steady stream of death threats and abuse by right-wing Italians that goes to show the racism in the country.
One thing is for sure, the calling of “monkey” by Leclere is not the first of racist remarks by Italians against black politicians in the country. Right-wing Italians have been giving out a steady stream of racist remarks against black prime ministers long before the Taubira issue broke out and it may just be getting worse with the Leclere issue at hand with the public lime light.