A seminar to combat racism, hatred and intolerance in France

A seminar on the fight against racism, hatred and intolerance in France will be held at the Senate in Paris on Thursday 8 September, as part of the activities of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).  Beginning with an analysis of the situation in France and in Europe, participants will be discussing how to combat these phenomena effectively.

Nicole Duranton, French Senator and member of the Alliance, and Milena Santerini, PACE general rapporteur on the fight against racism and intolerance, will present the opening speeches.

The participants will include Christine Lazerges, Chair of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights; Gilles Clavreul, Préfet, interministerial co-ordinator for combating racism and anti-Semitism (Dilcra); and Régis de Gouttes, member in respect of France of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).

Speakers will also include Anne Brasseur, Ambassador of the Council of Europe’s No Hate Speech Movement; Rui Gomes, Head of Division in the Council of Europe Youth Department; and Guillaume Buffet, President of the U Digital Transformation Platform. Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, member of the French National Assembly and member of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, will present the conclusions and recommendations of the seminar.

The seminar is open to the press.  It will be held from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm at the Senate, Salle Clemenceau, Palais du Luxembourg, 15, rue de Vaugirard, Paris.

Accreditation: PACE Communication Division, Catherine.becarmin@coe.int; tel: +33(0)3 88 41 31 93.

(*) The No Hate Parliamentary Alliance is an alliance of members of parliament who undertake to adopt firm and proactive public positions against racism, hatred and intolerance, on whatever grounds and in whatever form.  The Alliance is open to members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and to members of delegations having observer and partner for democracy status with the Assembly. Their commitment is formalised by signing the Charter of commitments for membership of the Alliance.