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Zemmour released by the Court of Appeal over his remarks on immigration and Islam – RT in French

Sentenced in the first instance to a 10,000 euros fine, Eric Zemmour was released by the Paris Court of Appeal over a speech made in 2019 during a political speech. He was prosecuted for insult and incitement to hatred.

Journalist and essayist Eric Zemmour was released by the Paris Court of Appeal on September 8. He was prosecuted for insult and incitement to hatred during a speech delivered in 2019 during a political rally and several passages of which concerned Islam and immigration. He had been sentenced at first instance to a fine of 10,000 euros.

During a “convention of the right” co-organized by the magazine The Incorrect, the political movement Racines d’avenir as well as the Cercle Audace, on September 28, 2019, Eric Zemmour had castigated “colonizing” immigrants and denounced, according to him, an “Islamization of the street”. He also described the veil and the djellaba as “uniforms of an occupying army”.

“Opinions, even shocking, must be able to be expressed, nevertheless the alleged facts go further and exceed the limits of freedom of expression since they are abusive remarks towards a community and its religion”, had argued in first instance the president of the 17th correctional chamber.

Eric Zemmour has for the moment not reacted to the verdict. He will also be summoned to court on September 8 for another statement, this time in December 2020, in which he described the unaccompanied minors as “rapists” and “murderers”. AFP explains that this trial could be referred to him.

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