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Libération - France | 06/01/2009

Obama lookalike in campaign against face controls

According to studies people whose appearance identifies them as members of a minority are subjected to identity controls twice as frequently as their fellow citizens. In the coming week the Representative Council of Black Associations in France (CRAN) plans to launch a campaign against so-called "face controls" using an Obama lookalike. CRAN president Patrick Lozés explains the campaign as follows in the French daily Libération: "Barack Obama is a man of the present and embodies a lot for visible minorities. The American president [elect] passed a law against these 'face controls' in his home state of Illinois. ... We want to raise awareness among our fellow citizens, but also with our authorities."

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