Geneva commune makes unfortunate racial gaff
The Geneva commune of Grand Saconnex has found itself embroiled in a strange anti-Semitism argument.
The commune, like thousands of others in the country, issues informal ‘pedestrian licenses’ to small children who have taken a road safety course. On the whole, the programme is welcomed by parents and the little license gives pride to the children.
But the Grand Saconnex permit is in the shape of a gold star – similar to the one the Nazis forced Jews to wear in the 1930s.
Anti-discrimination groups have slammed the shape of the star and demand it be changed immediately. The commune says it will – but told the press, it was supposed to be shaped like a sheriff’s badge.