Theo and the distinctly sexual flavour of French racism

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by Guilaine Kinouani 

Content warning: contains detailed descriptions of sexual abuse

On 2 February, a 22-year-old black French man named Theo was allegedly violently raped with a police truncheon, gang assaulted and racially abused by four French police officers in the Parisian suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. So severe were the anal injuries sustained by Theo that he needed major surgery after the incident. As I write, Theo remains in a stable condition in hospital after having been visited by president Hollande.  The incident occurred less than a year after the suspicious death of Adama Traore in police custody and, led to renewed accusations of police brutality and racism in France. Old wounds have been re-opened and the city is gripped with protests.

Francois Hollande visits Theo in hosital by L. Blevennec/Elysée Press Office Francois Hollande visits Theo in hospital by L. Blevennec/Elysée Press Office

In a country that seems to have made the denial of racism a national sport…

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