Muslims launch massive legal assault on free speech in France


The three lawyers of the Ligue de défense judiciaire des musulmans (LDJM) [Muslim Judicial Defence League], including the criminal lawyer Jean-Marc Florand, filed a complaint on Tuesday against Charlie Hebdo, the Islamophobic site Riposte laïque, the magazine Valeurs actuelles and finally Manuel Valls, the Minister of the Interior.

The weekly satirical magazine is accused of “provocation to discrimination, hated or violence with regard to a person or a group of persons because of their origin or their belonging or not belonging to an ethnicity, a nation, a race or a given religion”. In July 2013, Charlie Hebdo published on its front page a drawing supposed to represent a Muslim declaring: “The Koran, it’s crap, it doesn’t stop bullets.”

The association against islamophobia also decided to file a complaint specifically in Alsace-Moselle, where article 166 of the Penal Code punishes blasphemy. Nonetheless, the Concordat regime in force in…

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