Three young women, who filmed the scene, had reserved a table on the evening of July 16 at the Manko restaurant, located on the very chic avenue Montaigne, at the foot of the Champs-Elysées in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
Yet made up and well dressed, they were turned away by a security guard because they were not wearing evening dress, we hear it said in the video.
The video, posted on the TikTok social network and accompanied by the caption “My first experience of racism”, had been viewed more than 650,000 times by Friday afternoon.
“But we are dressed in evening dress! It’s a joke! (…) What should I have worn?” exclaims one of the three women.
Stunned, one of them films white people entering the establishment without difficulty while other black people are denied access.
“But it shocks me, it exists for real…”, she laments.
The restaurant apologized in a statement posted on Instagram. “Manko respects a charter of values which advocates equality, respect, tolerance and benevolence”, assures the establishment, announcing that “the necessary sanctions were immediately and permanently taken”.
The investigation for discrimination based on origin, ethnicity or nationality in the offer or supply of a good or service has been entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP) , said the prosecution.