October 26th, 2010
Fashion News, Paris
Pictures from the Paris Boycott of Guerlain
By Claire

A few of my Parisian friends sent in some pictures of the boycott of the Guerlain store on the Champs Elysees. One said, “Lots of people came out; no violence. People brought back their Guerlain products. The store was closed, which made them lose a lot of money for a Saturday, and people are trying to come back next Saturday. It’s a real opportunity for a Black movement….because for many years Black people [in France] have been insulted and were pretty passive about it. This time a lot of people came together of all ages.”
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Read the story behind the boycott here. Read LVMH’s response here.

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13 Responses to “Pictures from the Paris Boycott of Guerlain”

  1. Beelle says:

    Good for them… France needs to be shaken up because the face of the country is changing.

  2. Bohobabe says:

    Strong and silent. Regarding Guerlain,welcome to France.
    The french will smile in your face while insulting you.

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  4. fashion pie says:

    “for many years Black people [in France] have been insulted and were pretty passive about it.”

    Really??? i thought they luv’d us over there!?!

  5. Claire says:

    @Fashion Pie Racism exists everywhere, even in France. It’s not as outright, but it’s there.
    Try going to a store in Paris–even a supermarket–without being followed around by security. It’s real!

  6. Danielle says:

    It is a shame that we still have to deal with situations like this. Racism will always be present no matter where you are. This should not be taken lightly, and I agree with boycotting the Guerlain products.

  7. beautifuldaidreamer says:

    Wow that’s so admirable. I wish more Black people in America would unite and fight against racism here…

  8. esme says:

    good. and racism in france is pretty pervasive, but they hardly address it openly because they don’t even keep statistics the population of poc color or of how they fare in the country. because if you are born in france you are considered french citizen and are presumed to have the same opportunities as white french people. LMAO. obviously this is not true, with racial discrimination in the french education system and job market, and segregation in housing. i’ve heard of many black envying the state of race relations in america because our government (somewhat) acknowledges institutional racism and discrimination on some level, and tries to account for it with programs like affirmative action, while the french gov’t doesn’t at all.

    an article in the ny times about the facade of french racial neutrality.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/21/world/europe/21iht-france.html

  9. la femme says:

    I don’t know how to say, “All right,my French brothers & sisters—do the damn thing & shut those racist motherf***ers down!” in French (because I don’t know the language anyway) but I’m glad to see this is going down over there, and that French black citizens got just as pissed off at Guerlain’s bulls**t comments as black people anywhere would get mad at hearing some BS like that. I already had to put some racist idiots on blast at a French site about what Guerlain the perfumer had said, and of course they came up with some BS mess like, “Oh, he didn’t really mean that,” ” The n-word translates differently from French to English,blah,blah,blah,” “Why are you blacks always so sensitive about everything? It’s just a word—blah,blah,f**king blah”. I blasted the s**t out of them and told them that they didn’t know what the hell they were talking about. Anyway, vive le brother & sisters of France with their boycotts & protests!

  10. Ella says:

    I live in France and can tell you that racism still exists. Especially in some areas in the south. A number of them are not afraid to talk about how black people ‘look like monkeys’ or how Arabs ‘stink’ in public (and depending on where you are, several strangers might agree!). I also hear a lot about how these two groups in particular struggle to find work. I’ve read more than one account of models trying to get a job here and being told up front that their being black or foreign is ‘an issue’. I’ve met many people from my city abroad who left because they couldn’t find work due to race.

    Taking this all in to consideration, seeing people finally standing up for themselves makes me very happy. I hope this is the beginning of making a change for the better.

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