Sharon Au told to 'go back to China' in racist encounter in France

Former Mediacorp artist Sharon Au, who is based in Paris, France, has shared a racist encounter, saying it was her “first experience with such blatant intolerance”.

The 44-year-old wrote on Instagram last Friday that she was in her courtyard when an elderly Frenchman told her to “stand far away from him”.

Even after Au complied and retreated a metre away, he still complained that she was not standing far enough.

“Go back to China,” the man said, according to Au. He told her that the virus “came from you people” and insisted that “you are all the same” even when she told him that she was from Singapore and not China.

Even then, Au said she does not blame the man.

“It is scary indeed,” she said.

She told reporters that she is not angry because people over the age of 70 make up more than half of the deaths caused by Covid-19 in France. “So I understand his fear,” she told Lianhe Zaobao.

Friends and fans left encouraging comments on her Instagram post. “Hugs!” commented Malaysian actress Apple Hong.

When asked what she would do if she encounters something similar in the future, Au replied: “I will do the same as I did this time. I will say ‘au revoir’ (goodbye) and just walk away.”

The former Mediacorp host and actress left the station in 2018 to work as an investment director in a private equity firm based in Paris, France, in October the same year.

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