Jul 05

Crowdfunding campaign divides France

A crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the family of the policeman who shot dead teenager Nahel M. in France topped 1.4 million euros (~N$28.4 million) on Tuesday, outstripping donations to his victim’s family and drawing anger from many. Reuters reports that the fundraising effort was launched on the US platform GoFundMe by French far-right media personality Jean Messiha who has defended the police force, saying it is a daily target for violence in the low-income suburbs that ring French cities. Leftwing politicians have meanwhile called the fundraiser shameful.