The Paris Court of Appeal on Thursday released polemic Eric Zemmour, sentenced in 2015 to provoke hatred against Muslims following comments in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
The appeal court has relaxed the polemic, "the evidence was not reported on what he knew his remarks would be sent in France and on Corriere della Sera's website."
In October 2014, Eric Zemmour specifically told the Italian newspaper that Muslims "have their civil code, it is the Quran", that "they live between them, in the suburbs. The French were forced to leave."
In the first instance, in December 2015, the court sentenced the polemist to a fine of € 3000 and to pay compensation to several anti-racism associations.
This verdict was maintained by appeal in November 2016, but the appeal court subsequently closed the appeal decision and ordered a third trial and found that the hearing had not adequately substantiated its decision.
At the end of the second trial, it was said on Thursday that "there is no evidence that Eric Zemmour, persecuted as the interview, knew that this newspaper was released in France," the president said to court. "Nothing on the record shows that he knew."
Following the controversy that followed these words, the iTELE channel decided at the end of 2014 to end the show "Ca argues" that Eric Zemmour participated in ten years.
In May 2018, Eric Zemmour was sentenced by an appeal to provoke hatred against other statements that were considered Islamophobic. He was also sentenced to provoke racial discrimination in 2011, after saying that "most human trafficking is black and arabic, that's a fact."