Thousands march in Paris against racism

BY Elisabeth Ponsot  November 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM EST


Thousands — including political party members, members of the civil society — stage a march against racism on Nov. 30, 2013 in Paris, France. Credit: Omur Melih Uzelce/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Thousands marched through central Paris on Saturday to celebrate the thirty-year anniversary of France’s national anti-racist movement.

The first “March for Equality and Against Racism” was held in Paris on Dec. 3, 1983.

The demonstrators marched to Place de la Bastille — the famed site of the “storming of the Bastille” that now serves as a galvanizing landmark for protests and other political events.
According to Radio France Internationale, union members as well as the leader of the far-Left Front de Gauche party, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, attended the event.