Media outlets (Mediapart, Libération's Bondy Blog, Télérama, Le Monde, Les Inrocks, France 2, France Inter ...) either did not know who Mehdi Meklat was, and their credibility is deeply flawed, or they knew and still promoted him - this raises questions about their intentions and how they conceive their role in reporting what is happening in French society.
An aggravating factor is the different standards applied by professional do-gooders and self-righteous in the field of anti-racism and the fight against discrimination. If a young member of the far right party FN, for example, had written the incriminated tweets the condemnation would be, quite rightly, immediate - he would have been nailed to the pillory by the same media, and would certainly have found himself in court.
Bur for people like Mehdi Meklat who disseminate racist, homophobic and sexist tweets the treatment is quite different. Excuses and praise are found in abundance.
Last week, Mehdi Meklat was a guest at the most prestigious literary programme in France (La Grande Librairie hosted by François Busnel) to speak about his book - the book is published by the prestigious Seuil.
Mehdi Meklat wrote, for instance, that he was sorry Ben Laden is dead.
"Come on let's stick a violin in Mrs Valls' arse". Manuel Valls is the former socialist P.M. and his wife is Jewish and a musician.
"Bring in Hitler for him to kill all the Jews."
"You, the white people should die ASAP."
"I will push a burning light bulb into Brigitte Bardot's arse until she spits blood."
"I spit sputum on the lousy face of Charb and of all this from Charlie hebdo."
"Sarkozy = the synagogue = the jews = Shalom = yes, my son = the money."
"I won 20 dollars at the PMU (horse racing bets), but I didn't re-bet the money because I'm a Jew."The content of Badroudine Saïd Abdallah's tweets are in the same vein and he signed some "Fuck France". He wishes he could dress up as Ben Laden at Ground Zero on the night of Halloween. For him, France stinks of shit, of hatred and of Le Pen...
World famous... The Washington Post and The New Yorker wrote about Mehdi Meklat and Badroudine Saïd Abdallah...
Two millennials in France want to change narrative about Muslim communities