French Green municipal councillor wishes constituents happy Islamic new year

Dozens of posters were hung recently in the Paris suburb of Grigny, in which Christian Le Bras, Greens municipal councilor, wished a New Year to the residents on behalf of his party: “Europe Ecologie Grigny’s best wishes for this new year 1432-2011”. The Muslim Year 1432 started December 6th.

His party was very upset by the posters and has considered suing Christian Le Bras for fraudulent use of the party name. Christian Le Bras, for his part, says the posters were simply a nod to the many Muslim residents of the city. Le Bras says he got threats and protests and was treated as a collaborator, which was very shocking, since he’s the son of a Resistance member. The signs have since been removed.

Sarkozy’s immigration policy is ‘racist,’ commission says

On Wednesday, January 23rd, a member of a French commission on social and economic reform said that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposed policy of using quotas for immigrants is racist. Herve Le Bras said: If we will have quotas for specific nationalities and specific professions it will lead to a racist policy.” Also a concern, was that the restrictive policy would prevent important sectors of the economy from finding enough workers.