France: conviction for anti-Semitic insult of Alain Finkielkraut

In France, a 36-year-old has been sentenced to a suspended sentence. In a yellow vests demo he had called the philosopher Finkielkraut anti-Semitic.


In the case of the anti-Semitic abuse of the Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, a court in Paris found a man guilty. The 36-year-old was sentenced to two months probation. To the insults Finkielkrauts it came in February on the edge of a rally of the so-called yellow vests.

The prosecution had demanded six months probation for the accused. The lawyer of the convicted person announced an appeal.

According to the court, the verbal abuse by the 36-year-old had an "anti-Semitic character". The accused had used stereotypes according to which Jews were not part of the French nation. The accused had admitted that he had insulted Finkielkraut because he rejected his "Zionist" views. However, he rejected the accusation of anti-Semitism.

However, the prosecution accused him of calling slogans such as "Dirty Zionist" and "France belongs to us" at the yellow-west demonstration. The insults are documented on video footage distributed on the Internet. You can see how several people insult the philosopher. Finkielkraut is one of the most famous intellectuals in France.

ref: zeit