A French government official warned tourists to avoid those neighborhoods.
The reason? High crime rates.
But the neighborhoods also happen to be mostly non-white. That has prompted accusations of racism.
The official responded that safety of French citizens was his concern.
-- Kenn h/t - Amren.com
“It should not be taken as offensive, not to you, because you’re not responsible for everything that happens in your neighborhood,” he told students and school staff Wednesday morning.Continue reading ►
Fieschi, who lives in Cambridge and has served as consul general in Boston for about a year, told them it was his duty to protect French citizens, who he said rely on information from the Foreign Ministry to remain safe around the world. He explained that shootings are much rarer in France and that the preponderance of violent crimes in Boston occurs in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan, justifying the warnings.
“French taxpayers pay taxes for us to provide them services and information, and providing information about security is part of our job,” he said. “If we just say that we won’t say anything about security, because it’s going to create problems for myself . . . we would fail to do our jobs and betray our citizens.” -- The Boston Globe
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