Don’t Touch My Friend

touche pas a mon poteRemember this? In the ’80s in France, xenophobia was countered by SOS Racisme, a popular group whose slogan means “Don’t touch my friend.” It was France’s version of the equally cool Two-Tone movement in England, associated with bands like the Specials and the English Beat. I wish there were such a movement now to combat the rising right-wing National Front. It’s ironic that France is right now celebrating D-Day, and the country’s liberation from Fascist German occupation, at the same time Marine Le Pen’s party enjoyed its highest election numbers ever. History, much?

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