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Euro Disney goes on trial for alleged hiring discrimination

  • FILE - In this May 12, 2015, file photo, visitors walk near Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland Paris, in Marne la Vallee, east of Paris. The Euro Disney group is going on trial in France, Wednesday May 25, 2016, for publishing an allegedly discriminatory job ad requesting that candidates have "European citizenship" to work as parade artists at its famous Disneyland Paris theme park. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

    FILE - In this May 12, 2015, file photo, visitors walk near Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland Paris, in Marne la Vallee, east of Paris. The Euro Disney group is going on trial in France, Wednesday May 25, 2016, for publishing an allegedly discriminatory job ad requesting that candidates have "European citizenship" to work as parade artists at its famous Disneyland Paris theme park. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday March 31, 2012 file photo, Disney characters perform in Disneyland theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, east of Paris. The Euro Disney group is going on trial in France, Wednesday May 25, 2016, for publishing an allegedly discriminatory job ad requesting that candidates have "European citizenship" to work as parade artists at its famous Disneyland Paris theme park. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday March 31, 2012 file photo, Disney characters perform in Disneyland theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, east of Paris. The Euro Disney group is going on trial in France, Wednesday May 25, 2016, for publishing an allegedly discriminatory job ad requesting that candidates have "European citizenship" to work as parade artists at its famous Disneyland Paris theme park. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Euro Disney group is going on trial in France for publishing an allegedly discriminatory job ad requesting that candidates have "European citizenship" to work as parade artists at its famous Disneyland Paris theme park.

The trial in a court in Meaux, outside Paris, on Wednesday is following a complaint by anti-racist associations who claim Euro Disney discriminated on grounds of nationality in hiring dancers, bungee acrobats, jugglers, puppeteers and stilt walkers when it published the ad in a newspaper ten years ago.

Euro Disney has acknowledged that the ad's wording was clumsy but has denied any discriminatory intent or any attempt to cast aside candidates originating from Africa.