I happened to be passing the Auchan supermarket at Chambray-les-Tours, yesterday. The supermarket has created a ‘beach’ in the car park and is organising a number of summer games and activities including pétanque, volley ball and basketball. On the perimeter of the ‘beach’ there’s high mesh fencing which has been used to display colourful banners promoting the events.
Each banner has an ageist, sexist or racial stereotypical image. I looked at them, each in turn, and thought of the current ‘scandal’ involving Strauss-Kahn and defence of rape in sections of the French establishment, and, the continuing presence of the Front National in certain areas of France. Should such images be passed off as just ‘French’ or should they be challenged? Things were challenged and have moved on somewhat in the UK and such banners would not be produced by TESCO, Sainsbury’s, et al……or would they?
Anyway, here they are…..what do you think?