France has sentenced Vincent Reynouard to two years in jail for his non violent historical opinions concerning the Holocaust.
Non Alligned Media report:
‘A former math teacher had already been convicted by the court on similar charges. He appeared Wednesday in Coutances for video questioning the extermination of European Jews.
At the hearing on Wednesday afternoon at the court of Coutances, the accused said he did not want to “transform the grandstand court.” Man has yet held the classical arguments of Holocaust denier, citing freedom of expression and lambasting the Gayssot law “unconstitutional” he said, which established the offense of denying the existence of crimes against humanity. At the helm, the former mathematics teacher who has already been convicted in 2007 on similar charges, expressed bluntly his convictions, claiming to follow the ideology of National Socialism.
At the heart of the trial on Wednesday, a video posted on the internet in which he challenged the existence of the extermination of the Jews of Europe and denounced the participation of Lower Normandy youth in Auschwitz study trips, in his voyages within an“indoctrination in the name of” duty to remember. “In this 45-minute film hosted on a far-right website, the author was attacking two memory associations and used images young people in the region who participated in commemorations.’
Whether you agree with his version of history or not, should he (or anyone else) not be allowed to express his own opinion?
It seems that freedom of speech is being eroded more and more following the Charlie Hebdo attacks