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The South African opera star Pretty Yende has accused French immigration authorities of “outrageous racial discrimination” after being detained, strip searched and held in a dark room at Paris’ main airport.

“Police brutality is real for someone who looks like me,” Yende, who is black, said in a social media post on Tuesday, a day after the encounter at the Charles de Gaulle airport.

Yende, an acclaimed soprano, had arrived this week to take her starring role in La Sonnambula, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris. She flew into the city on Monday where, she said, she was subjected to “ill treatment and outrageous racial discrimination and psychological torture and very

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