I just came across this article from the Gulf Times. I'm sure the same material is floating around elsewhere on Internet.
You said it, brother! "Insidious racism in France..." is an excellent way of putting it.
My daughters have spent hours at school studying American slavery, Rosa Parks and the March on Washington. Laudable topics all, but the French school curriculum somehow doesn't devote much time to the current racial situation in the USA. And I do feel the USA has progressed enormously in racial equality in the past 40 years.
Has France? And, for that matter, where is the subject of "racism in France" in the school curriculum? I must have missed it while I was helping my kids recite the key dates in the American civil rights movement...
Sometimes it's time to look in your own backyard...n'est-ce pas?