Paris: Clubs on the Champs-Elysees
Last Saturday night the French anti-discrimination group SOS Racisme tested admission policies at nightclubs in five cities across France. Similarly dressed couples of North African, African, and European ethnic backgrounds approached bouncers at different clubs in Paris, Lyon, Angers, Toulouse, and Bordeaux.
The outcome: Paris’s best-known club earned itself some bad publicity.
In the other four cities neither racial profiling nor discrimination was reported, but non-white couples were systematically turned away from the famous Queen on the Champs-Elysées. It’s not the first time Queen has failed an SOS Racisme pop-quiz, and the organization is collecting evidence for a lawsuit.
In addition to its unfortunate entrance policies, Queen is way over-hyped. Two equally chic clubs in the area passed the test with no problems, so if you’re hungering for a splurgy evening with the jet-set scene on the Champs, check out Les Planches (40 rue du Colisée, 8th arrondissement) or the Mandala Ray (32 rue Marbeuf, also in the 8th.)