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'Racist attack' on Chinese students in France sparks widespread outrage

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 11:50am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 June, 2013, 8:35am

China’s internet users reacted with outrage to reports of a racist assault on six Chinese students studying in France, while others denounced the victims as children of wealthy officials.

The oenology students were attacked early on Saturday in the wine-producing Bordeaux region, France’s interior ministry said, describing the violence as an act of xenophobia.

The Chinese embassy in Paris said on Sunday that it “strongly condemns” the assault.

“We ask relevant authorities in France to investigate the case swiftly, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and take relevant action to ensure the safety of Chinese students,” it said in a statement.

Three of the alleged attackers have been detained and are now in police custody. A female student seriously hurt by a glass bottle thrown at her face during the assault was in hospital and underwent surgery.

The attack was widely criticised on China’s most popular social networking service, Sina Weibo.

“How dangerous is France! We need to be cautious about going there now, and avoid going as far as we can. We should go to better countries,” one user wrote.

“This is too far for the French people. My impression of France used to be quite good, but now it’s damaged,” said another.

One of the victims was the daughter of a retired senior government official, the head of the student’s school said.

Chinese media carried reports of the attacks on Sunday, but did not mention the victim’s political connection.

The topic of politicians sending their children abroad to study provokes widespread resentment in China. It is rarely discussed by the tightly controlled press, which seldom comments on the family life of senior officials.

Still, some internet users speculated that the students were wealthy. “Those who can afford to study abroad are either the children of government officials or rich families,” one user said.

“They’re not worthy of sympathy,” another user said.

Others reading English-language reports turned their anger on the students. “Even foreigners can’t bear with the migration of corrupt officials and are punishing them abroad. This is karma,” said a user.

“That a random violent crime abroad has a government official’s child involved again proves there are no clean officials in China,” another wrote.

The attack came on the eve of one of the biggest wine shows in the world, Vinexpo, which is held in the region. China, which is French winemakers’ third biggest market, has increased its participation at the show, with 18 exhibitors expected this year, up from two in 2011.

On Sunday, French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said France’s image had taken a hit following the “unspeakable act”.

“It’s the image of France which has been dented with these xenophobic attitudes,” Le Foll said, speaking at the inauguration of the wine fair.

Two representatives from the Chinese embassy were due to meet with Le Foll later on Sunday.


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You have been "China Bashing" here so often that I just can't help but to suspect that you have been screwed big time by Chinese before, did they raped your spouse or something???
Because one challenges the Mainland government does not mean that one does not like Chinese people. The masters in Beijing may want to believe they define what is Chinese but they do not. They are just a twisted group who will use any device to achieve their means.
It is deplorable. How the Chinese choose to drink their wine or spend their money is their business. The attackers deserve to be punished as they should be in any country. It is downright offensive to even try to defend this kind of racist activity.
so because of China's business dealings, random Chinese students should be attacked? I guess Hong Kongers should also be attacked in other countries too if someone doesn't like Hong Kong's business dealings? Your logic is dumb.
Using your twisted logic, most of China and hong Kong should be rioting over white folk buying up Chinese businesses (or depriving them of growing in the first place), in addition to most Chinese high streets and brands now consisting of white brands and retail stores.
But the naiviety of Hkers, so blinded with their discrimination of "mainlanders" (Clue: outside of China we are all the same) and their propensity to blame them for everything takes precedence.
Well said!




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