the conviction of Éric Zemmour, “a victory for democracy”, says Jean-Luc Gleyze

By Jean-Charles Galiacy

The president of the Department says he is “extremely satisfied” with the conviction of Éric Zemmour on Monday for provoking racial hatred

On the phone, Jean-Luc Gleyze does not hide a certain joy. The president of the Department of Gironde says he is “extremely satisfied” with the conviction of Éric Zemmour for incitement to racial hatred, this Monday, by the Paris Criminal Court. The Gironde was one of the first communities to file a complaint in early fall 2020 following the comments of the polemicist on the CNews channel, who had described unaccompanied minor migrants as “thieves”, “murderers” and “rapists”. “. In the end, 22 departments had filed a complaint. The socialist recalls his indignation at these statements which he considers “scandalous” in the land of the Enlightenment, just as he continues to be shocked by the lack of reaction from the media headed by Vincent Bolloré.

“We even consider this to be a victory for democracy,” he explained in a press release. This conviction demonstrates that stigmatization, excess and racism have no place in public debate. That justice is there to protect from the most despicable words. “For the socialist, in the middle of the presidential election campaign, this judicial decision is also” a warning for those who would be tempted by populist positions or incitement to hatred. »

‘Worst smells in history’

Contacted this Monday at the end of the afternoon, the president of the Department also returned to the last controversial statements of Éric Zemmour, those where the far-right candidate evokes access to school for children with disabilities. “For this man who has been sentenced twice for incitement to hatred, who has experienced fifteen prosecutions in a decade and who must be tried on appeal for contesting a crime against humanity […], recalls Jean-Luc Gleyze, it is always the same way of thinking, the same ideology, which stigmatizes certain categories of people and which sends us back to the worst reeks of history. »

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