The filmed scene made the rounds on social networks last month. The nurse who had uttered racist insults against a black cashier in a Carrefour store in Annemasse, near Geneva, was sentenced on Monday. The correctional court of Thonon-les-Bains (Haute-Savoie) held against Lilia Hafsi a six-month sentence of house arrest under electronic surveillance. The prosecutor Bruno Badré had requested against him ten months in prison, including six farms, in order to punish “remarks which damage the living together, which weaken the social pact which founds our society”.
The 34-year-old woman acknowledged the insults captured on the twenty-nine-second video, where she can be heard throwing at the cashier as she comes out of the supermarket’s cash machines: “Dirty negress go, dirty Noire! Only black people can do that. You see Africans like you, it makes you want to kill them ”.
“A regular at this behavior”
At the bar, colorful sneakers and black clothes, the defendant apologizes, assures that her words “have exceeded (his) thoughts” and claims to have responded to insults allegedly uttered by the cashier, who was worried about a possible ATM theft – theft for which the court ultimately found her guilty. “She attacked me as I attacked her,” she assured the president.
“Madame Hafsi is used to this behavior,” replied the prosecutor, reminding him of his eleven convictions entered in the criminal record, including a last in 2020 for theft and death threat on the security of a store in Grenoble. “Despite the months, she has not changed her behavior,” he regretted in his requisitions.
“I was shaking, I couldn’t move anymore”
“She humiliated us,” recalled the security guard at the bar, who had filmed the scene on video. “We are proud to be black,” he added. “I felt humiliated, belittled… I don’t even have the words to tell you, testified the 49-year-old cashier, I was shaking; I did not know what to do ; I couldn’t move any more ”. Since June 3, placed in a work accident, she has not returned to work: “I’m afraid to resume. “
Denouncing “the banal chronicle of ordinary racism”, his lawyer Emmanuel Daoud denounced an act “attacking human dignity”. These insults are “like a bullet” which “it takes time to heal,” he pleaded. His place “is not in detention for such an event,” had for his part advanced David Metaxas, Lilia Hafsi’s lawyer.