Why Omar Sy’s comments on the war are controversial

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The actor’s comments on Ukraine caused a reaction. They question the French about the biases that shape their own perception of wars.

By Kevin Badeau

Actor Omar Sy in
Actor Omar Sy in “Les Tirailleurs”, in theaters on January 4.

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EWhat if we started the year 2023 with a little controversy? Hero of a film about Senegalese skirmishers enlisted in Verdun in 1917, Omar Sy was surprised in The Parisian that the French are “so affected” by the aggression of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. “Does that mean that when it’s in Africa, you are less affected? asked the actor, soon to be famous for his role in Untouchables (2011) than for his politically correct statements. In this same interview, Omar Sy explains that he is sensitive to all wars, he who has family in Africa, where conflicts have “never stopped since the Second World War”.

Unsurprisingly, the declaration of the Caesarized actor reacted to the French political class. On the far left, MP…

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