The presidential candidate stoked anger on the right by calling French colonialism a ‘crime against humanity’.
The proposed new constitution would allow Alassane Ouattara to remain as president. Opposition parties see this move as a constitutional “coup” that will also protect his allies.
Christiane Taubira has battled for years to prove her right to represent French people, so she couldn’t stay silent when a controversial plan was hatched to strip some of their nationality.
France’s colonial legacy remains an uncomfortable subject.
The answer is complex. But part of it lies in the fact that French society is still uncomfortable with its diversity.