French far-right MP suspended from parliament for “back to Africa” outburst • FRANCE 24 English

France’s National Assembly voted Friday to sanction a far-right MP with a rare 15-day suspension and pay cut after he yelled “back to Africa” at a black colleague, a clash that drew outrage across the political spectrum. Gregoire de Fournas, a newly-elected member of the National Rally, has denied any personal racist attack in the outburst, saying he was referring to a ship carrying rescued migrants in the Mediterranean. FRANCE 24’s French politics editor Marc Perelman gives his analysis.

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