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Overseas Chinese Students Attacked in France, Reactions

Chinese students learning about wine.

Chinese students learning about wine.

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French Media Claims One of the Chinese Overseas Students That Were Attacked in France is a Former [Chinese] Mayor’s Daughter

Global Times Comprehensive Report – Six Chinese overseas students currently studying in the western France region of Bordeaux were attacked by three thugs, with one of the girls suffering serious head injuries. Multiple eyewitnesses claim the drunk criminal suspects made racist remarks during the attack. After the incident, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls issued a statement condemning the violence: “This incident is a serious xenophobic act, and the culprits must be investigated by the law.” France’s Le Nouvel Observateur commented saying that Chinese tourists often suffering robbery and incidents of violence in Paris has already resulted in criticisms of France’s tourist safety problems, while China is currently the third largest consumer nation of France’s grape wines, possibly becoming the second largest market in 2016. That this anti-foreigner attack coincidentally happened on the day before the inauguration of the Bordeaux Vinexpo [world’s main wine expo] was regrettable. Agence France Presse claimed during a background analysis of the incident that Chinese investors wantonly purchasing Bordeaux vinyards “doesn’t always make the locals happy”, while French winemakers are also unhappy with China’s recent anti-dumping investigations of French wine.

The moment the Chinese overseas student opened the door, the two violently attacked.

According to France’s Le Nouvel Observateur‘s report on the 15th, the six Chinese study abroad students have been studying at a winery school located in the Gironde province, and they live in the small town of Hostens just 50 kilometers away from Bordeaux with only a population of 1300. On the night of the 14th, when police visited the three drunk local men due to “late night noise”, the three men believed it was their Chinese neighbors who had reported them. After the police left, at least two of the three went to knock on the door of the Chinese overseas students’ residence. The moment a Chinese overseas student opened the door, the two violently attacked. In the struggle as the overseas students tried to push them out the door, a 24-year-old girl’s head was hit by a thrown glass bottle, seriously injuring her. She has already been sent to Bordeaux for medical treatment.

Although they were intoxicated, they were clearly aware of the identities of the Chinese study abroad students, using racist insults during the attack.

France’s Sud Ouest quoted local residents that the three suspects had been drinking late into the night outdoors on a bench. Local residents claim, “They were probably looking to cause trouble with anyone”. At present, the two main suspects have already been detained by police, while the third suspect is about to be summoned. Police have a file on the three. Police investigations show that the two attackers were extremely violent during the incident. Although they were intoxicated, they were clearly aware of the identities of the Chinese study abroad students, using racist insults during the attack. Hostens town mayor Michel Viallesoubranne expressed shock, saying: “The Chinese overseas students living in the town are 3 boys and 8 girls, a total of 11 people, who are all very well-behaved. They’ve already well integrated into life in the small town!” French Interior Minister Valls expressed on the 15th that he shares the sorrow of the overseas Chinese students’ family as well as gives them his complete support. The Education Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in France told this Global Times reporter that the Chinese Embassy in France strongly condemns this violent attack on Chinese overseas students, has already requested the relevant French departments to investigate the matter as soon as possible, punish the perpetrators in accordance with the law, and adopt appropriate measures to ensure the safety of Chinese overseas students.

“Some French people are bringing shame upon France.”

A commentary on France’s Le Nouvel Observateur says Chinese tourists in Paris often suffering robbery and incidents of violence has already resulted in criticism of the safety problem for tourists in France. This Global Times journalist saw that most French netizens believe such xenophobic behavior should be severely denounced, calling for the punishment of the violent offenders. “Too frightening, the power of France’s extreme-right!” exclaimed one netizen. Another netizens said alcohol and xenophobia are France’s two major scourges. A comment read: “Now 1.3 billion Chinese all know about Hostens, this truly is a disgrace! Some French people are bringing shame upon France.” However, there are also people who believe this incident is just an ordinary drunk “neighbors dispute” that doesn’t need to be elevated to “xenophobic violence” and hopes this incident won’t harm France’s traditional image of hospitality.

“They do not deserve sympathy, foreigners severely punish corruption, so them suffering attacks in France was deserved.”

However, some French media’s reporting of this incident has made people angry. A report by France’s Le Monde on the 15th with the headline “Chinese Apathetic Towards Attack on Overseas Students” claimed that one of the overseas students that was attacked is the daughter of a former city mayor, and thus an “official second-generation” [child of a government official]. The report used half of its space analyzing China’s “corruption” problem, claiming that Chinese netizens are filled with hate and resentment against the sons and daughters of high officials who go abroad to study. The article claims “in China, the children of the elite and government officials usually spend large amounts of money to study abroad, and Chinese netizens are mostly critical of this kind of phenomenon. Some people have even commented ‘they do not deserve sympathy, foreigners severely punish corruption, so them suffering attacks in France was deserved’.” A report by the UK’s BBC on the 16th with the headline “Outrage after assault on Chinese students in France” claims that on China’s widely popular Sina Weibo microblogging service, the majority of netizens criticized and expressed outrage. However, the article also says that some residents in the Bordeaux wine-producing region “resent” buyers from China [of local vineyards].

French officials have recently announced that cracking down on robbery and violent attacks targeting Asian tourists is the current number one priority.

Over the past few years, with economic and social problems in France intensifying, the extreme-right has rearing its head and expanding its influence, and spillover effects from the socio-economic problems of certain central and eastern European countries, the state of public safety has continuously worsened for “Old Europe” France. Radio France on the 15th claimed that in the past few months, multiple robberies and attacks targeting Chinese citizens have occurred, arousing discussion amongst Chinese nationals. In March, a 23-person tour group from China were robbed and attacked right after arriving in Paris and exiting the airport. To solve the public security problem, French officials have recently announced that cracking down on robbery and violent attacks targeting Asian tourists is the current number one priority. The Le Monde article says that after the attack on the overseas students, many Chinese believe France is currently becoming “a dangerous country”, with some saying “if you want to go abroad, you should do your best to avoid France, and choose those better countries.”

(Original Title: Chinese Study Abroad Student in France Suffers Xenophobic Attack, Oddly Reported by Certain Media)

Comments from NetEase:

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网易福建省泉州市网友:

Only children of government officials… have the opportunity to go abroad to study… Tonight, I’m going out to dinner [to celebrate with others]…

日本一夜九家族第二个儿子 [网易广东省肇庆市网友]:

As expected, the leaders have all sent their sons and daughters abroad.

网易四川省凉山州网友:

I originally wanted to support this [condemn the attack]… ugh, going to add more dishes tonight [for the celebratory feast].

网易北京市网友:

If they really are corrupt officials’ children, then it only goes to show that karma/retribution truly is swift!

跟贴局资深临时工 [网易山东省日照市网友]:

Seeing that a former city mayor has sent his own daughter out to save the people living in the abyss of suffering that is capitalist countries…
tears cover my face. But for the truth of the cosmos, this bit of sacrifice doesn’t mean much.

网易北京市网友 [乌有之乡范景刚]:

So the children of government officials have original sin the moment they are born [to be blamed for the actions of their parents]? So the children of government officials aren’t lives/people? Where have all the universal values that you have learned gone? Those constantly calling for universal values, and those now celebrating, you are not activists, you’re just the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution period, the poor peasants during the time of struggling against landowners, the Boxers of the late-Qing Dynasty. Such barbaric primitive thinking.

网易湖南省湘潭市网友 [静看世间浮躁]: (responding to above)

NetEase has too many American running dogs, always just mindlessly spouting shit.

网易广西防城港市网友 [令狐臭]: (responding to above)

Not even fit to be American running dogs, just stray wild dogs that no one is willing to adopt. Quite simply, they’re just the new peasants.

网易湖南省湘潭市网友 [静看世间浮躁]: (responding to above)

A little girl, what bad things could your compatriot [she] have done? That an American running dog is still this cold, is this the cannibalistic society Lu Xun wrote of?

网易广东省深圳市网友: (responding to above)

When have the children of government officials treated the ordinary people as their compatriots? First [commenter above] do you know what universal values are? Freedom, democracy, equality, justice, etc. These should be amongst universal values. But think, have their government official fathers and mothers allowed the ordinary people to enjoy these? And just how many of today’s children of government officials have this kind of thinking? Man at birth is fundamentally good in nature. No one is born with original sin. Universal values is not universal values that flood everything and have no bottom limit. Today demands more dishes [celebration]! So that everyone our society can enjoy universal values, we must add dishes [celebrate]!

网易湖北省武汉市手机网友: (responding to above)

Hehe, so you add dishes and you think the children of government officials will treat you as their compatriots? You add dishes, and that means you’re spreading universal values? Ignorance. If you were of the ruling class, would you share your benefits with other people? You’re only complaining all day simply because you can’t get what others have, don’t make yourself out to be like some world savior. Ridiculousness.

网易山东省泰安市网友 [到底谁是SB]: (responding to above)

The mao mao Sixth [commenter 网易湖北省武汉市手机网友] has revealed his true thoughts, and what he’s saying is: The ruling class won’t share their benefits with others.

网易湖北省武汉市手机网友: (responding to above)

First, mao your mother’s cunt, you think everyone is as cheap as your labor? Don’t put your own standards on other people. Second, that remark of mine is the truth. If you were a ruler, would you be willing to share your benefits with others?

网易山东省泰安市网友 [到底谁是SB]: (responding to above)

No matter how you explain it won’t cover up your fucking dirty past, having nothing better to do than be a dog. If you not fucking looking for trouble then what are you doing! By the way, send your sister my regards!

网易湖北省武汉市手机网友: (responding to above)

Losers like you who are stepped on by tens of thousands of people, who don’t know to struggle for a better life, who only know how to complain, deserve a life of being ordered around by others, a life of being a dog!

网易山东省泰安市网友 [到底谁是SB]: (responding to above)

How the fuck do you know diao si don’t work hard? Look at the diaosi beside you not working hard?! Are you completely blind to the truth that the channels for advancement have all been blocked by your country bunmpkin father and country bumpkin children?!!!

网易湖北省武汉市手机网友: (responding to above)

Hehe, you SB diao si, even working hard you’re still useless, forever to be a dog.

网易广西防城港市网友 [令狐臭]: (responding to above)

The new peasantry that is both lazy and poor would love nothing better than to see the people who have lives better than theirs all die, their thousands of years of bad habits continuing to this day. Stop thinking about struggling against local tyrants, reaping without sowing, dividing up other people’s property.
Those who are government officials used to be peasants too. Many peasants through their own hard work became officials, businessmen, celebrities… while the families of the new peasantry forever orbit around peasantry—peasantry—peasantry… It’s been ages and still they haven’t changed. The old ones in their villages cursing, while the young ones spitting online. This is the so-called reincarnation of the new rural loser.

内阁总理大臣李鸿章 [网易山东省济南市网友]: (responding to above)

Looks like China won’t be able to escape the cycle of history.
When the arrogance, overbearing, and greed reach deadly levels of stupidity, the near future will bring bring their families great disaster.

123yuyaochen [网易山东省青岛市网友]: (responding to 乌有之乡范景刚)

The children of government officials are indeed without original sin when they are born. Everyone is born equal, this is universal values, first [commenter 乌有之乡范景刚] is totally correct!!!
But first [commenter], if your old man is a thief, and you clearly know that what he has brought home was stolen but you still happily enjoy it, as well as cockily parade about, may I ask if you are without guilt?
Therefore, first [commenter], either you’re a child of a government official, or you’re a stupid cunt!!!

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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