The national police announced on Monday on Twitter the opening of an investigation to find the author of a racist attack against a delivery man, Sunday evening in Cergy (Val-d’Oise).
“Following the threats and insults uttered last night in Cergy, repeated on a number of social networks, we are opening a judicial inquiry to identify the perpetrator and establish the facts,” the police said on the social network.
Following the threats and insults uttered last night in Cergy, repeated on a number of social networks, we are opening a judicial inquiry to identify the perpetrator and establish the facts.
In footage captured by a woman, who then posted it on Instagram, a black man can be seen being insulted by another man, first with a hood over his head and then with his face uncovered. “You dirty black (sic)”, “I am Algerian I fuck your mother (sic)”, we can hear in particular.
The perpetrator then goes directly to the author of the video and threatens her and her husband. The woman can then be heard giving her version of the assault: “He called her a slave and made her bleed.” She also regrets the inaction of restaurateurs.
The alleged attacker then returns to challenge the witness: “I work here, I live here”. “You dirty negress (sic)”, “we Algerians, we sold you like cattle, like corn (sic),” he shouts.
This Monday morning, the Minister in charge of Citizenship Marlène Schiappa posted a message on Twitter to denounce a “shocking, violent and racist attack”. “I asked that we study the possibility of an article 40 to report the facts to the Public Prosecutor”, she added, a few hours before the national police 95 announced the opening of ‘investigation.
Faced with this new shocking, violent and racist assault on a food delivery man, I asked that the possibility of an article 40 to report the facts to the public prosecutor be investigated.
Racism is not an opinion! #TousUnisContreLaHaine https://t.co/h6h3s7XWup
On Facebook, the establishment in front of which the attack took place, “Brasco”, posted a message. In it, the restaurant assures us that the attacker is not one of its employees but a delivery man. A version contradicted by several Internet users but which has not yet been officially specified.
The company added that a complaint would be filed on Monday “to ensure that this does not happen again.”