Musées: Like art? I'll need some ID
28 May 2009
Since April 4th, entrance to museums and national monuments in France is free for the under 26s…as long as they’re EU citizens. SOS Racisme has lodged an appeal at the French Council of State to protest this decision it considers discriminatory, Libération reports. “Why has Christine Albanel (the Minister of Culture) embraced National Front ideology with its communitarian preferences?” wonders Samuel Thomas, vice-president of the anti-racist organisation in the op-ed pages of the left-wing daily. This measure, he believes, runs contrary to “the development of a common culture promoting integration of foreign residents in France”, breaks with the “principle of equality” and risks an increase at museum entrances of délits de faciès, a French term which literarily means “facial misdemeanour”, in this case, arbitrary ID checks based upon skin colour.