The school would like to react to the incitement of hate through social media platforms in the last few weeks.
Unacceptable and discriminating words
You might already have come across it: a message has been circulating on social media over the past few weeks, encouraging users to “attack all the Chinese people they come across”, especially in Île-de-France. The reason behind this is that people of Asian appearance are being accused of being responsible for the spread of COVID-19 in France.
EPF firmly condemns this unacceptable and xenophobic behaviour and wants to reaffirm its support to all people affected by this discriminatory message.
Please remember that making comments of a racist, xenophobic or anti-Semitic nature - either in person or through social media – is punishable by law and can lead to fines of up to €45,000, and one-year prison sentences.
If you are a victim of racism, xenophobia or any other type of discrimination, or if you witness such behaviour, please contact Stefan SEILER, the Fight against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-LGBTIQ Hate Officer at EPF: firstname.lastname@example.org
The power of multiculturalism on campus
The international dimension and diversity of our campuses are valuable assets for our school. Many international students study on our campuses in Sceaux, Troyes and Montpellier.
EPF welcomes a large number of Chinese students through its partnership with China: https://www.epf.fr/international/epf-et-la-chine.
Many more Asian students study in our school as part of exchange programs, and, like the rest of our international students, contribute greatly to the vibrant culture and diversity of our campuses.
EPF is very proud of its cultural diversity and we ask all students who are victims of discrimination, either on or off campus, to contact us.