French news agency says online translator should be banned for posting ‘racist’ cartoons
French news organization L’Express has said that a Spanish to French translator should not be allowed to post “racist” cartoons online, saying that such cartoons “serve as a form of entertainment.”
“We are very worried about the way these cartoons are used by online translators,” L’Expérience stated.
“We do not see any justification for their use.”
The statement was published on L’Exposé’s website late Tuesday, after a French satirical newspaper, Le Monde, published cartoons of a black man and a white woman kissing on the cover of the newspaper.
The cover of Le Mondune depicted the man and woman kissing in a red, white and blue kiss, while the caption read: “This is how it’s done.
White man and black woman kissing, they are a love story.”
According to L’Équipe, the two caricatures “seriously offend” the values of French democracy and society.
The newspaper, which often covers the French political scene, did not specify what its cartoons were meant to depict.
In the past, L’Equipe has been criticized for being sensitive to racism in France, particularly by its conservative political party, the National Front, which is running for president in the country’s 2017 presidential election.
On Tuesday, Léopold Bourguiba, president of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights, tweeted that the newspaper “is the most important source of information in the European Union for the public.”
“The decision to ban them was taken because of the risk to democracy in France,” Bourguiba wrote.