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French activists pose as employers to expose racism only when hiring ‘European’ workers

By The Associated Press

PARIS: French anti-racism activists, who called temporary employment agencies a construction firm that only wanted to hire “European” workers, say more than one-third of firms are trying to help in the discriminatory search. agree to.

SOS Racisme, a national association of anti-discrimination groups, released on Friday audio recordings of some of the calls made to 69 Paris-area temporary agencies in May.

During the call, workers pretended to work for a fictional construction firm seeking manual laborers for a construction site.

He explained that they were only looking for laborers with a “European profile”, not suggesting people of color.

“If there is no trace of this type of exchange, we can do what is necessary,” said a woman, who answered a call, according to the recording. An employee of another agency was recorded saying: “I’m making a note for myself so I can propose the profile you want.”

But I can’t say whether it will be color or that community.

It’s very complicated,” she said.

Discrimination on the basis of colour, sex, nationality, sexual orientation or religious belief is illegal in France.

SOS Racisme said the 69 offices it called were all affiliates of major temporary firms in France with billions of euros (dollars) in combined revenue.

It said that 55% of the branch offices it was contacted refused discrimination requests.

But 39% of those people agreed to take people out on racial grounds, the campaign group said.

The remaining 6% also refused racially selected candidates, but suggested that the fictitious firm itself do so, SOS Reisme said.

Although limited in scope to a small number of agencies, the findings highlight that anti-racism campaigners have a widespread problem of discrimination in some French workplaces.

Previous research has shown discrimination against job seekers from neighborhoods with immigrant populations or with names that are not traditionally French. F

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