French far-right figure Zemmour fined 3,000 euros over Islamophobic remarks

September, 2019

French-Jewish author, TV personality and far-right figure Eric Zemmour has been fined 3,000 euros ($3,300) for provoking religious hatred after making anti-immigrant and Islamophobic remarks in 2016.

During a show broadcast on September 6, 2016, on the France 5 television channel, Zemmour had said he believed that Muslims should be given "the choice between Islam and France," and that France had been "colonized" by Muslims for 30 years.

"In innumerable French suburbs where many girls are veiled" are playing a "struggle to Islamize a territory," he had also said.

The Court of Appeal of Paris had convicted Zeymour over his hateful remarks on May 3, 2018.

In a judgment delivered Tuesday, the Court of Cassation rejected Zemmour's appeal against his conviction, saying his comments "which designated all Muslims who were in France as invaders and required them to renounce their religion or leave the territory of the Republic" were aimed at Muslims as a whole and "contained an implicit exhortation to discrimination".

Source: DS