Real estate advertisement racist at Levallois: associations want lawsuits – BFMTV.COM
“Nationality: French mandatory, not black”. The data sheet for an apartment to rent in Levallois-Perret is no doubt about his racist. An announcement on which is fallen Mustafa, potential tenant during the visit of the property. The card, originally intended to the real estate agent was attached to a sink.
“I had the reflex to take a photo immediately and I asked for explanations to the real estate agent, explains the young man on BFM Paris. He looked surprised and annoyed at the time, he explained to me quickly that this was not within its jurisdiction, and that it came directly from the agency, he discovered the facts at the same time as me.”
Mustafa challenges the real estate agency Laforêt on Twitter who responds in a press release a month later. “We are appalled by this information and find it quite unacceptable and inappropriate,” says the agency condemning “vigorously any form of discrimination”.
The estate agency explains, however, that a former employee would be in question and would have transcribed the requests of the owner. Allegations denied by the latter in Paris announces its intention to lodge a complaint for defamation.
A written record for legal proceedings
regardless of the origin of the ad, to the associations the damage is done and the case must be brought before the courts. The Licra has decided to take on the prosecution and civil party. SOS Racism is next to the “feasibility of a judicial action”.
In the case of prosecutions, the association intends to rely on this announcement written. While regularly, the complaints of discrimination in housing, lack of elements and pass through “the oral tradition or by written instructions which are not known on the part of those who come to ask a home”, this time the announcement was widely disseminated through social networks. “The specificity is that there is a written record (…) which is a very substantial to go before the courts”, says Dominique Sopo, president of SOS Racism.
An investigation was also opened by the Defender of rights.