Thursday, April 26, 2018

France Hates Free Speech But Loves "Migrants"

Front National Politicians Face Hate Speech Trial for Discussing Alleged Migrant Attack at Hospital
Truth and Free Speech are not part of the judgement criteria for speaking out in France in a manner not approved by the government.
The three politicians were charged with “provocation to racial hatred” this week after the case was brought to court by the International League Against Racism and Antisemitism (Licra), Franceinfo reports.

The article, which was signed by the three politicians, came in response to an alleged assault of hospital staff at the Hospital Centre University de Limoges, which some claimed had been carried out by a migrant.

In their article, the three politicians described the perpetrator of the alleged assault saying they were “one of our new inhabitants, invited by our governments, housed, fed, helped, cared for, all for free, with a little bit of pocket money”.

The public prosecutor justified the case calling aspects of the article “xenophobic and racist literature” and the lawyer for LICRA added: “These are not bearable statements by elected officials of the Republic.”
Hate speech cases have been directed against Front National, or allies of the party, in the recent past. Mayor of Beziers Robert Ménard who was fined 2,000 euros for noting demographic changes in local schools by saying: “In a class in the city centre of my town, 91 per cent of the children are Muslims. Obviously, this is a problem. There are limits to tolerance.”
Conservative MP Nicholas Dupont-Aignan, a former presidential candidate who supported FN leader Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential elections, was also been convicted of hate speech earlier this month.

Dupont-Aignan was sentenced to a 5,000 euro suspended fine for using the phrase “migrant invasion” after the case was brought before a court by Licra.

Marine Le Pen faces an even larger penalty of up to 75,000 euros and potential prison time for a post she made on social media in 2015 when she, along with FN MP Gilbert Collard, posted images of Islamic State brutality in the Middle East which she said she highlighted in order to condemn.

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