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MP to press charges after racist death threat

rfi English, Jan 6

Jean-François Mbaye, an MP with the ruling Republic on the Move (REM) party, has received a racist letter in which the unnamed author promised him “a bullet in the head”. The Senegalese-born parlementarian is to press charges.

Mbaye published a copy of the letter Friday on his Twitter account. It accuses him of being “the token black, like the ones used in adverts to make people believe the French aren’t racist”.

The letter-writer also questioned “the right an African has to meddle in France’s problems”.

Mbaye’s reaction was unequivocal. “In 2019, this is what I’m still receiving in my office at the National Assembly from anonymous cowards," he tweeted. "Am I shocked? Scared ? NO! I am all the more determined to eradicate this racist scourge in our beautiful country, France. Of course, I’ll be pressing charges."

Three MPs targeted

The anonymous letter also targets two other REM lawmakers Laetitia Avia and Hervé Berville.

Health minister Agnès Buzyn took to twitter. “No words are harsh or strong enough to describe this abject letter” she wrote.

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