Eric Zemmour was sentenced Friday to a 10,000 euros fine for insult and incitement to hatred after a violent diatribe on Islam, during a far-right rally in Paris.
The polemicist had already been fined 3,000 euros for anti-Muslim comments.
Polemicist Eric Zemmour was sentenced Friday to a fine of 10,000 euros for insult and incitement to hatred after a violent diatribe on Islam and immigration in September 2019 during a political rally in Paris.
The Paris court sentenced the 62-year-old columnist, who works in particular on the CNews channel, for comments made on September 28, 2019, at the opening of a meeting called "convention of the right" and organized by relatives of the former member of the National Front (now RN) Marion Maréchal.
The court considered "that by distinguishing among the French all Muslims opposed to the 'native French' and by designating them, as well as Muslim immigrants living in France, not only as criminal perpetrators of the 2015 attacks but as former colonized people who have become colonizers ", the words pursued" constitute an exhortation, sometimes implicit and sometimes explicit, to discrimination and hatred towards the Muslim community and its religion ".
Eric Zemmour already sentenced for anti-Muslim comments
"Opinions, even shocking ones, 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", indicated the president of the 17th correctional chamber.
The court also underlined that the speech had been "prepared" and the words "chosen", recalling that Eric Zemmour had been definitively condemned, a few days before the facts, to 3,000 euros of fine for anti-Muslim remarks, the Court of cassation having dismissed his appeal.
In this case, he appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).