French far right attack choice of mixed-race girl for Joan of Arc role

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Incitement to racial hatred inquiry launched into abuse over selection for Orleans festival

A French state prosecutor has opened an inquiry into incitement to racial hatred after the selection of a mixed-race teenager to play the folk heroine Joan of Arc in annual festivities in Orleans was met with racist abuse from far-right social media users.

Mathilde Edey Gamassou, 17, was chosen from 250 girls on Monday to play Joan in a spring festival marking the Catholic warrior saint’s breaking of the English siege of Orleans in 1429.

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