In France, the lower house of parliament banned discrimination based on a person’s accent and considered the practice a “form of racism. This was reported by The Local on Friday, 27 November.
98 deputies voted against three for the bill. Accent-based discrimination — known as glossophobia — was added to the list of reasons for the discrimination that is being prosecuted, along with racism, sexism, and discrimination against people with disabilities.
However, the maximum penalty proposed in the new legislation is three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.
It should be noted that the law proposed by center-right deputy Christophe Elise was the subject of heated debate, despite the overwhelming majority of votes. In particular, Maina Sage, a deputy from French Polynesia, spoke about the difficulties that people like her might face when speaking with an accent from outside mainland France.
In turn, Patricia Miralles, daughter of North Africans, spoke about the “bullying” she faced in her young years because of her Algerian accent.
At the same time, Jean Lassalle of the opposition party Liberty and territory, which includes Corsican nationalists, voted against the text.
“I don’t ask for charity, I don’t ask for protection because that’s who I am,” he said with a strong accent from southwest France.
Finally, Justice Minister Eric Dupont-Moretti said he is “very convinced” of the need for a new law.
It should be noted that in October, the leader of the left-wing movement Unconquerable France, Jean-Luc Melanchon, spoke rudely on camera to a southern accent journalist who asked him a question in Parliament.
“Can someone ask me a question in French? And make it clearer…” — Melanchon told then a group of reporters.
Recall that earlier Instagram had removed a photo of a black model. The company denies the allegations of discrimination but confirms that the photos could have been removed due to the policy of nudity.
It was also reported that Yale was sued for racial discrimination. University officials have discriminated against white and Asian applicants for 50 years on admission.