From :bocage France: 24 February 2005
Although the following has nothing to do with revisionism, we wish to
distribute the Reuters press release that has just been printed this
afternoon, announcing the heavy sentence against Jean-Marie Le Pen by the
Paris Appeal Court. After all, the judges are exactly the same as those who
sentence the French revisionists without the slightest distinction in order
to please the diktats of the lobbies
Jeane-Marie Le Pen
PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris Appeal Court has upheld a fine of €10,000 euros
of April 2004, against Jean-Marie Le Pen for "incitement to racial hatred"
for a controversial statement he made about Moslems in 2003.
The president of the National Front was also ordered to publish this
judgment in the daily Le Monde and to pay €5,000 damages to the
Ligue des droits de l'homme - League of Human Rights, which was a private
party associated with the public prosecutor.
However, the other private party LICRA - Ligue internationale contre le
racisme et l'antisémitisme = International League against racism and
antisemitism - was not admitted.
In an interview to Le Monde in April 19, 2003, Jean-Marie Le Pen is quoted
as saying: "The day when in France we have no longer 5 million but 25 million
Moslems, they will be the ones who will command (...) and the French will
have to hug the walls, get off the footpaths while lowering their eyes, and
the only option for you will be to dash about, otherwise you'll get slapped".
The president of the FN, 76, had come in person to the hearing in January in
order to claim responsibility for his words: "Nothing can be worse for a
people than to lose its independence. That's what happened to us during
World War II, and that's what threatens us with Europe and the immigration",
Since January Le Pen is also under a preliminary police enquiry for "challenging
crimes against humanity" (the French equivalent of German 'Holocaust' laws)
after his remarks about German war-time occupation of France.
French comic tries to justify criticism of Holocaust 'pornography'
By Alex Duval Smith in Paris
22 February 2005
A flare-up of racial tension has been sparked off in France after a black
stand-up comic, Dieudonné, was reported to have said that the 60th anniversary
commemorations of the Holocaust were "remembrance pornography".
Amid wide reporting of the comment by the half-French, half-Cameroonian
performer, vandals attacked prominent Muslim and Jewish sites. Swastikas were
daubed both on the walls of the Grande Mosquée in Paris and a Second World War
railway carriage that stands as a Jewish memorial at a deportation assembly
point in the suburb of Drancy.
Police did not suggest that Dieudonné had sparked the attacks but it became
clear that his comment was in line with the position of a new internet petition
calling for the crimes of colonialism to be recognised and suggesting that
Zionists had inspired the French state ban on Muslim headscarves.
Dieudonné's comment was made at a press conference in the Algerian capital,
Algiers, last week and picked up by a website covering Middle Eastern affairs as
"offensive to the memory of the Holocaust". Dieudonné held a press conference in
Paris at the weekend in which he attempted to explain his views.
"I criticised the hype of Holocaust commemoration," he told the press
conference. However, he stopped far short of his comments in Algeria last week:
"The Zionists have a kind of impunity. For them, if a child at school is called
a dirty Jew, they are up in arms. To me, Zionism is the Aids of Judaism. For
people like me, it is different. We feel the Zionist lobby has claimed a
monopoly of suffering."
Despite his attempts to calm spirits, Dieudonné met with widespread
condemnation. The Socialist party's first secretary, François Hollande, and a
former anti-racism campaigner, Harlem Désir, described the comedian as "the
biggest anti-Semite in France'' and called for a boycott of his shows.
Last year, Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala, 36, had several shows cancelled - including
at the 2,000-seater Olympia venue in Paris after organisers said they could not
guarantee the safety of the audience or the performer. At the time, he had
attracted criticism for a television sketch in which, dressed in military
fatigues and wearing a wide-brimmed hat associated with Orthodox Jews, he said:
"I urge all of you [viewers] to convert like me [to Judaism]. Join the axis of
Good, the American-Zionist axis." He ended his sketch with a Nazi salute and the
The sketch led to a court case and a *10,000 (£6,800) fine. Dieudonné was
cleared on appeal. The performer claimed he was of mixed race and thus "knew no
In 2002, the comic considered running for President of France but another joke
scuppered his chances of collecting the 500 signatures needed. At the time he
said: "I prefer Osama Bin Laden's charisma to that of George W Bush."
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