MRAP files complaint against Morano for comments about French Muslim youth

The Movement Against Racism and for Friendship Between Peoples (Mrap or Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples) has launched a complaint of racism against French Secretary of State for the Family, Nadine Morano, for comments she made about Muslim youth.

During a debate on national identity on 14 December 2009 at Charmes (Vosges), Morano called for young French Muslims to love France, to find work, to not speak verlan (slang) and not wear their baseball caps backwards.

Nadine Morano, Secretary of State for Family and Solidarity, asks French Muslims to no longer speak “Verlan”

In the context of the debate on French national identity in Charmes (Vosges), Nadine Morano, French secretary of State in charge of the family and of solidarity, declared to young French Muslims that they no longer use “verlan” slang when they speak.

Verlan is a popular suburban phenomenon of speaking, changing the order of words (i.e. bizarre becomes “zarbi”). Morano called for young Muslims to love their country, to find work, to no longer speak using verlan, to no longer wear their caps backwards.

Benoit Hamon of the Socialist Party responded with concern for Morano’s caricaturized portrayal of young people which looks very little like most young French Muslims today. The organization SOS Racisme echoed Hamon’s position.

According to a poll held by Nouvel Observateur, 40 percent of French people see the debate on National Identity by Nicolas Sarkozy to the necessary. 42 percent of respondents noted the negative ramifications of the debate.