French Minister Compares Veil Wearers To ‘Negroes Who Accepted Slavery’

She later said using the word “negro” had been a mistake, but insisted she had only used it in connection with the works of an 18th Century thinker. Thousands have signed a petition for her to resign. Ms Rossignol told Buzzfeed the word “negro” was no longer used except to refer to Baron de Montesquieu’s writings on slavery.