The adopted daughter of former French President Jacques Chirac sharply condemned violence against people of Asian heritage in France. She was upset because the deaths of two Asian women who were stabbed and left on the streets appeared to be of slight interest to the polcie or the media. Anh Dao Traxel was adopted by the Chirac family when she arrived in he 1978 exodus of “boat people” and has spent most of her life in France. She demanded a thorough police inquiry into what she termed as blatant racism. “i am very shocked. These young women were killed like dogs.” The two women were found in the central district of Paris in the 11th district, an area with a large immigrant population as well as fashionable bars and nightclubs. “The French political class and the media should not be silent. They should react with the same energy as when the victims are Jewish, North African Arabs or Africans.”
She believes the crimes were racist in nature and is upset at the lack of interest in such crimes against Asians by her nation’s media. She is also upset that President Sarkozy is not more angry at violence against those of Asian backgrounds.
The police have promised to conduct an inquiry.