Hollande Vows Penalties for Hate Speech



French president Francois Hollande said on Monday he wants to introduce stricter sanctions for “racist, anti-semitic or homophobic” comments as religious tensions grow in the wake of recent terrorist attacks on a French kosher market, a satirical newspaper and a shul in Denmark.

Speaking at a dinner for France’s central Jewish organization, Hollande said the he wants “such speech to come under criminal law rather than press laws.”

The tougher penalties are expected to be introduced under a draft intelligence bill next month, Hollande said.

Concerns over anti-Semitism have intensified in France, which is home to about half a million Jews.

Hollande also urged the country to protect the Muslim community, adding that about 10,000 security forces have been deployed to protect shuls, mosques, schools and cultural centers and will remain “as long as necessary.” Read more at AFP.

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Hey free speech, anyone feeling relief that it stops anti-semitism do t hold your breath the progressive Europeans will simply turn a blind eye to the jewish part of the deal, even more Muslims may even have a gain from this.