Mann nach antisemitischer Beleidigung gegen Alain Finkielkraut festgenommen
After the anti-Semitic attacks on the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, the French police arrested a suspect. The man had followed in the Alsatian city of Mulhouse a summons, said the Paris prosecutor. He is accused of insulting Finkielkraut on the sidelines of a “yellow west” demonstration in Paris.
According to the investigators, the phone seller was identified by videos showing the attack. Afterwards, he cursed Finkielkraut among other things with the words “dirty Zionist” and “big shit” and shouted “France belongs to us”. Read more about the incident here.
The judiciary relies on a paragraph prohibiting public insults based on race, ethnicity or religion.
Under the motto “It’s enough” (“Ça suffit!”), Thousands of French people demonstrated against anti-Semitism. Numerous government representatives and politicians of all parties except the right-wing populists participated in the rallies in Paris and other cities. The number of anti-Semitic attacks rose 74 percent last year.