There is anti-Black racism in France and other European countries. But unless things have greatly changed in the last twenty years, you may not encounter it personally in France if you're an American. I saw it directed against Francophone Blacks, and against North Africans.I wonder what's the black experience Paris, heard french people didn't like foreigners.
In a way, it sort of reminds me of America in reverse. OUr kindred from Africa are often treated better than we are in the USA. We're often treated better than Black French peope.
Ever read Angela Davis' AUTOBIOGRAPHY? YOu shoujld if you haven't. She's nearly 70 now and grew up in Birminghan, Alabama under the notorious Eugene "Bull" Conner. In her autobiorgraphy she mentione herself and her sister Fanai entering a department store and sitting in the section reserved for white women. When the clerk (or whomever, I forget) ordered them to leave the white area, Angela and Fania feigned incomprehension and spole only in FRENCH (Angela comes from a cultured, middle class Black family).
The manager, who was then summoned, tried to get them to understand that the section where they were trying on clothes were for WHITES ONLY. But they simply replied in French, and pretended not to understand.
Finally, the manager told his underlings to simply leave them alone, and allow them to finish and leave as soon as possible.
Those two colored girls, he explained, must be from another country. Maybe daughters of some foreign diplomats. And he didn't want any embarrassing incidents to cause public attention and attention from the Feds and the media.
He reasoned that "if they were some of our n*****rs", they would not be speaking French, and they'd KNOW better than to DARE sit in a section reserved for white women."
Of course, the joke was on those racists when upon leaving Angela said something liketaken for foreigners to be treated like human beings in our country?"
Of course, France never had Jim Crow segregation. So, the p;icture is a bit different. Still I noticed how I was sometimes treated better than were people of color who lived there.
An American passport and American Express can come in very handy in Europe.