Accusations of anti-Semitism: influencer Poupette Kenza faces justice

Poupette Kenza, one of the most popular influencers in France, wanted to clarify that she does not collaborate with any Zionist entity or Jewish organization.

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The Dilcrah, a governmental organization responsible for combating discrimination, decided on Thursday, May 16 to refer the public prosecutor regarding “antisemitic remarks” made on social media by influencer Poupette Kenza.

In a video, the influencer followed by more than a million followers on Instagram stated on Wednesday: “I am pro-Palestinian, I do not work for any Zionist or Jewish person (…) I have no partner, no agent who is Jewish”. However, she later clarified her remarks in a second video by expressing: “I have nothing against Jews (…) I just have a problem with the Zionists and those who fund the genocide, those who fund this massacre”.

Her Instagram account was inaccessible on Thursday afternoon but the social network did not respond to AFP’s requests. The minister responsible for combating discrimination, Aurore Bergé, expressed outrage at these remarks by stating that “Boycotting women and men because of their identity or religion is obviously illegal”. She therefore tasked the Dilcrah with making a report.

Statements condemned by Jewish associations

The Union of Jewish Students of France (UEJF) announced that it was filing a complaint for “incitement to hatred and discrimination”. According to the association, “Such hateful remarks broadcast to more than a million followers endanger Jews”. On the other hand, the collective Nous vivrons, created after the Hamas attack against Israel on October 7, emphasized the need to act quickly to prevent social media from becoming vectors of antisemitism, especially for young people.

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Poupette Kenza, whose real name is Kenza Benchrif, is one of the most prominent influencers on French social media. In 2023, she was flagged by the Repression of Frauds for deceptive commercial practices, following her promotion of a teeth whitener banned in France. She agreed to pay a fine of 50,000 euros as part of a criminal transaction.

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