Eric Zemmour was sentenced this Thursday in Paris to 4000,2019 euros fine for homophobic insult, for having declared in October <> on CNews that homosexual people had "enslaved" the State "for their benefit". "We are immediately appealing this decision," his lawyer, Olivier Pardo, told AFP.
The association Stop Homophobia had filed a complaint against remarks made by Eric Zemmour on October 15, 2019, in the show "Face à l'info" hosted by Christine Kelly. The programme was entitled "Medically assisted procreation: progress?", after the adoption at first reading in the Assembly of a bill providing in particular for the extension of ART to female couples and single women.
'Whim of a small minority'
During a long debate with Nicolas Bouzou, Eric Zemmour had declared: "We have the whims of a small minority who hold hands on the State and who enslave it to its profit and who will first disintegrate society, because we will have children without fathers and I just told you that it is a disaster and, secondly, who will make all the other French pay for his whims."
After a formal notice from the CSA, the replay of the show was removed from the channel's website at the end of November 2019. The case was debated on May 15, 2023 and the press chamber of the Paris court issued its decision on Thursday. "The remarks have a contemptuous character for the people they target, who see their desire for children reduced to a selfish 'whim' and even take on an outrageous dimension when they are attributed, to satisfy it, to resort to the enslavement of the state apparatus," the court ruled.
In this respect, homosexual persons are disqualified in the eyes of the public for what they are, their sexual orientation necessarily inducing, according to the defendant, behaviour contrary to the general interest," the decision adds.
Joint and several payment to civil parties
The director of publication, Serge Nedjar, was sentenced to a fine of 4000 euros, 2000 of which were suspended. They were ordered to pay jointly and severally to the civil party associations, Stop Homophobie, Adheos and Mousse, a total of 3000 euros in damages and 2000 euros in lawyers' fees.
The former presidential candidate and current president of the Reconquest party! was finally convicted twice for incitement to hatred, for comments made in 2010 and 2016. A dozen trials await him by the end of 2023.
On September 5, the Court of Cassation ordered that after two acquittals, he be retried for challenging crimes against humanity, for having argued in 2019 that Marshal Pétain had "saved" French Jews during World War II.