Lilian Thuram: 'My classmates judged me because of my skin colour'

In a new book, the World Cup winner discusses growing up in France and the racism he encountered throughout his career One man in France’s 1998 World Cup-winning squad felt particularly affected by the sense of racial harmony that had descended on the country after that historic triumph. Ever since moving from Guadeloupe as a nine-year‑old, Lilian Thuram was confronted by discrimination. The attitudes he witnessed as a boy shocked him to such an extent that once his career ended, he decided to focus his energy on the fight against racism. For those few happy weeks after the World Cup, Thuram was delighted to see people in France treated equally regardless of race. “The black- blanc-beur symbol we created was positive and I liked it,” he says of the “black, white, Arab” motto. Continue reading...