Conflict & Justice

The French View of Affirmative Action

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Sorbonne students (Photo: TonZ/Flickr)

While the US Supreme Court reconsiders affirmative action in the United States, we explore how France has been dealing with that issue.

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Time magazine's Paris correspondent Vivienne Walt says the notion of affirmative action is taboo in France, where the law does not permit to record census statistics on people's ethnic background or specifying race when applying to a school.

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