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It seems so. As China buys up the world, the xenophobia against Chinese is also on the rise. Six Chinese students studying in France has been assaulted Sunday, which the French government described as an act of "xenophobia".

BEIJING (AFP) - China's Internet users reacted with outrage Sunday to reports of a racist assault on six Chinese students studying in France, while others denounced the victims as children of wealthy officials.
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The oenology students were attacked early Saturday in the wine-producing Bordeaux region, France's interior ministry said, describing the violence as an act of xenophobia.

The Chinese embassy in Paris said Sunday it "strongly condemns" the assault.

"We ask relevant authorities in France to investigate the case swiftly, to bring the perpetrators to justice, and take relevant action to ensure the safety of Chinese students," it said in a statement.

Three of the alleged attackers have been detained and are now in police custody. A female student seriously hurt by a glass bottle thrown at her face during the assault was hospitalised and underwent surgery.

The attack was widely criticised on China's most popular social networking service, Sina Weibo, which is similar to Twitter.

"How dangerous is France! We need to be cautious about going there now, and avoid going as far as we can. We should go to better countries," one user wrote.

"This is too far for the French people. My impression of France used to be quite good, but now it's damaged," said another.

One of the victims was the daughter of a retired senior government official, the head of the student's school said.

Chinese media carried reports of the attacks on Sunday, but did not mention the victim's political connection.

The topic of politicians sending their children abroad to study provokes widespread resentment in China. It is rarely discussed by the tightly controlled press, which seldom comments on the family life of senior officials.

Still, some Internet users speculated that the students were wealthy. "Those who can afford to study abroad are either the children of government officials or rich families," one user said. "They're not worthy of sympathy," another user said.

Others reading English-language reports turned their anger on the students. "Even foreigners can't bear with the migration of corrupt officials and are punishing them abroad. This is karma," said a user.

"That a random violent crime abroad has a government official's child involved again proves there are no clean officials in China," another wrote.

The attack came on the eve of one of the biggest wine shows in the world, Vinexpo, which is held in the region. China, which is French winemakers' third biggest market, has increased its participation at the show, with 18 exhibitors expected this year, up from two in 2011.

On Sunday French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said France's image had taken a hit following the "unspeakable act".
"It's the image of France which has been dented with these xenophobic attitudes," Le Foll said, speaking at the inauguration of the wine fair.

Two representatives from the Chinese embassy were due to meet with Le Foll later on Sunday.

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Post time 2013-6-17 15:42:22 |Display all floors
I have no allegiance to the French but racist attacks happen in any country even China. This doesn't mean the whole country is racist.

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Post time 2013-6-17 21:34:55 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Bandito at 2013-6-17 17:37

I suspect a lot of Chinese people are unaware that fee is peppercorn for overseas students in France!! The incident is unfortunate but these students are probably paying almost nothing in fees. I hope I have not alerted a lot of people to the small fact

Threatening France over isolated incident and talk of backlash is probably best for France. They don't charge meaningful overseas fee.........which is silly considering the parlous state of public finance!
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Post time 2013-6-18 00:20:00 |Display all floors
its pure racism. many cases of chinese students of being attacked, raped, or killed, in oversea western countries  just dont get media attention. if a white student gets that same treatment in china, u will see western media having a field day. in the us, hate crimes against asians rarely gets reported at all.

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seneca Post time: 2013-6-17 21:07
I deeply regret the shock these eager Chinese temporary residents suffered in France and I hope the  ...

Reports are that "somebody" in the apartment complex complained to Police about the noise the three Frenchmen were making (they were drunk), the Gendarmes visited. The three thought it was the six Chinese students who "dobbed" them in, and took action against them.

Assault and battery is a heinous crime against a person, be it xenophobic or not. To immediately jump on the bandwagon of xenophobia may be premature at this time, until the full facts are known.

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Post time 2013-6-18 09:29:08 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-6-17 21:07
I deeply regret the shock these eager Chinese temporary residents suffered in France and I hope the  ...

According to several websites (http://www.sudouest.fr/2013/06/1 ... se-1087652-2906.php and http://www.liberation.fr/societe ... ent-sensible_911529), it would seem it all started because the 3 Frenchmen thought the 6 Chinese called the police on them because thy were too noisy and decided to exert revenge.
In the heat of the fight several witnesses say they heard racist insults.

However stupid was the attack, I do find these kind of comments
"How dangerous is France! We need to be cautious about going there now, and avoid going as far as we can. We should go to better countries," one user wrote.

"This is too far for the French people. My impression of France used to be quite good, but now it's damaged,"
to be equally stupid. The same day of the attack in France, an attack happened in China
http://shanghaiist.com/2013/06/14/french-expat-bar-88.php
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So, let's condemn these stupid people but let's not blame a whole nation for the acts of a few.
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Post time 2013-6-18 09:32:06 |Display all floors
While my reply is being validated, I also would like to remind Chinese people on the forum and out there that most of the attacks on Chinese people (and Asian in general) is motivated by money and not race. It is a well known fact in France and elsewhere that Asian people usually will walk around with huge amounts of cash and, therefore, make a more interesting target for criminals.
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