French stage antiracism protest after Chinese man’s death

PARIS — Crowds rallied Sunday in the French capital to urge an end to violence against the Asian community, after the beating death of a Chinese tailor called new attention to ethnic tensions in Paris suburbs.

Antiracism and Chinese community groups organized the event to call for better police protection. Local officials and representatives of the Socialist Party also took part.

The spark for the protest was the death of Chaolin Zhangh last month in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers after a robbery attempt. The victim’s lawyer says the attack was ethnically motivated, and the area’s Chinese immigrant community says it is routinely targeted by armed robbers and violence.


Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve met with Zhangh’s family and the mayor of Aubervilliers, home to a large Chinese community, and promised better security.

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Three teenagers — two of them minors — face charges in the death, the regional prosecutor’s office said. They have not been identified.

The incident came after years of tensions in working class suburbs with large populations with immigrant roots.

Antiracism group MRAP said after Zhangh’s death that minorities are being ‘‘artificially set against each other.’’