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Free Speech On Trial In France

Posted by avideditor on January 16, 2011

The jihadis want to install a ban of free speech in France. I hope they fail. I don’t exactly agree what he said. But I agree with his right to say it.

From http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/4645
An article at François Desouche reviews the story of journalist Eric Zemmour’s comments about race and crime, a media event from March 2010 that led to a trial for defamation and racial discrimination. The trial is now in session. The comment that may cost Zemmour some money, if not his personal freedom was:

French immigrants are more closely monitored than others because most drug dealers are blacks or Arabs… It’s a fact.

Another comment he had made earlier may also cost him:

Employers have the right to refuse Arabs or blacks.

Le Monde posted the following:

SOS-Racism, an anti-racism association, was the first to initiate a lawsuit against the “polemicist”.

I have kept the word “polemicist” used by Le Monde, and placed it in quotes, because it does not define Zemmour properly. He simply presents a more realistic point of view, and ipso facto enters into a confrontation. A polemicist is defined as someone who aggressively creates controversy.

According to SOS-Racism, Eric Zemmour’s remarks tend to “assimilate the origins of people with criminality,” a type of discrimination that carries a criminal sanction. Among the other plaintiffs are MRAP (Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples), LICRA (International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism), UEJF (Union of Jewish Students of France) and J’accuse. Eric Zemmour should be present. He is calling a number of witnesses including deputy Claude Goasguen, journalist Eric Naulleau and Robert Menard, the former general secretary of Reporters Without Borders.

Last March, in a long letter addressed to the president of LICRA, Eric Zemmour said he was sorry his remarks had upset some people, but he stood by them. Eric Zemmour had been supported by the prosecutor (avocat général) of the Paris appeals court, Philippe Bilger, who in turn was summoned to explain himself to the Paris district attorney (procureur général) (…) In a blog entry dated March 17, 2010, Philippe Bilger wrote:

All blacks and Arabs are not drug dealers, but many drug dealers are blacks or Arabs.”

He spoke of statistics that attempt “to cover up what is staring you right in the face” and of “censorship that forbids one to clearly broach such subjects.

An Asian association, the JADF (Young Asians of France) has thrown their full support behind Eric Zemmour, as reported by Le Post:

The JADF considers that the anti-racist “associations” should instead revolt against the offenses and unacceptable insults, such as “f… France”, and the discriminatory and violent behavior against certain religions. These anti-racist “associations” showed no feelings toward the Chinese community of Paris. (…)

Mr. Zemmour is a scapegoat , a man who kept his freedom of speech and one cannot but respect him for that. France gives her children, at least those who deserve it, the means to succeed without playing the pity and fear card.

The JADF fully supports Mr. Zemmour and hopes to demonstrate that one can perhaps have skin of a different color, be born somewhere other than France, love one’s country, and still have an objective vision like that of Mr. Zemmour.

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