French author hit with gag order after anti-Muslim remarks
Éric Zemmour, a well-known French journalist and commentator, has been prosecuted and convicted in the past for “racist” speech. Last month a criminal court in Paris handed down another judgment against Zemmour, and in addition to a fine, this decision includes a gag order.
Published: July 1, 2017, 12:03 pm
Zemmour was a guest on a TV talk show last September, discussing “Islamophobia” on the programme “C à Vous” broadcast on September 6, 2016, on France 5.
The polemicist was sentenced to a €5,000 fine for “incitement of hatred” for remarks made when he said he considered it necessary to give Muslims “the choice between Islam and France”. He also argued that “all Muslims, whether they say it or not,” regarded jihadists as “good Muslims”.
According to Zemmour: “The moderate Muslim does not exist” and that “the soldiers of jihad are considered by all the Muslims, whether they say it or not, to be good Muslims.”
Zemmour added that it was necessary “to give them the choice between Islam and France… For example, giving a first name that isn’t French to your child is… wanting to continue an Islamic identity in France and it’s wanting to transform France into a country that is more and more Muslim”.
For these assertions, the Jewish author was pursued by anti-Israeli association CAPJPO-EuroPalestine. In addition to the fine, he was ordered to pay one euro in damages to CAPJPO EuroPalestine and €2,000 for legal costs.
The Criminal Court of Paris ruled that the remarks he made were “undoubtedly serious”, with Eric Zemmour “stigmatising on several occasions and in particularly violent and peremptory terms a community in its entirety”, according to Le Parisien.
Zemmour was previously convicted in 2011 for incitement to hatred, after saying on television that “most drug dealers are black and Arab; that’s how it is; it’s a fact”.
More recently, the Court of Appeal of Paris confirmed last November its sentence of a €3,000 fine for statements considered Islamophobic in the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. He has appealed against the ruling.
The French court has given a signal of encouragement to all associations and organisations which, by various means, spread Islam in France, according to Guy Millière, professor at the University of Paris and author of 27 books on France, Europe, the United States and the Middle East. He also authored Twilight Over Europe, his first book in English in which he noted that the culture shock of Islam would be “euthanasia on a gentle slope”.
He delivered a powerful and chilling message at the American Freedom Alliance sponsored a conference in Los Angeles last year, “Islam and Western Civilization: Can they Coexist?”. Millière said he does not want Western Civilization to die and he has moved to the United States so that he can “fight where it is not too late”.
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