French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin have expressed their support for ruling party MP Sira Sylla, following an anti-immigration protest linked to her proposal to reduce tax on the transfer of money to Africa.

Sylla tweeted a photo of 5 protesters from the far-right anti-immigrant group Génération Identitaire, demonstrating in front of her constituency office at the weekend with signs saying, “Help French people, not Africans” and “Think about our jobs, not about the African diaspora”.

She replied: “You will never hurt me. I am proud of the work I have been doing with conviction over the past three years as an MP for the French Republic, particularly for my constituency and for the relationship between Africa and France. More determined than ever.”

Vous ne me m’atteindrez jamais. Je suis très fière du travail que je me mène avec conviction en tant que députée de la République française depuis 3 ans notamment pour ma circonscription et la relation Afrique-France. Plus déterminée que jamais! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

– Sira SYLLA (@sirasylla76) July 25, 2020

In July, Sylla proposed a bill in parliament allowing temporary tax relief on the commission paid on money transfers to African countries, in a bid to help with the economic consequences on the continent of Covid-19.

Condemnation of ‘shameful attacks’

Prime Minister Jean Castex criticised the “shameful attacks” on Sylla, saying such demonstrations deserve “unanimous and unambiguous condemnation”.

Les attaques indignes dont a fait l’objet @SiraSylla76 appellent une condamnation unanime et sans aucune ambiguïté : je lui ai dit mon soutien et la solidarité de l’ensemble du Gouvernement.