Mixed-race girl to portray Joan of Arc draws abuse online, France launches investigation | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Mixed-race girl to portray Joan of Arc draws abuse online, France launches investigation

The State Prosecutor in the French city of Orléans is investigating possible incitement to racial hatred, following Twitter attacks on a mixed-race girl chosen to play Joan of Arc in upcoming city celebrations.

17-year-old Mathilde Edey Gamassou had been chosen to play the Medieval heroine of French history in Orléans’ annual Johannique festival. A local schoolgirl of African (Bénin) and Polish descent, she will ride on horseback through the city center dressed in armor during the celebrations, commemorating Joan of Arc’s breaking of the siege of the city by the English in 1429.

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While I do not support the online harassment, I can see their point. A French heroine should be portrayed by a French woman!

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