Defending France and Free Speech - Bloomberg View
In schools last week, there were about 100 incidents where (mostly Muslim) students refused to take part in a minute of silence to honor the magazine's dead. Forty of these cases were referred to the police for potential prosecution, according to Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, because the words spoken amounted to "glorifying terrorism."No understanding of free speech. and that's just a start.
The French response to an attack on free speech is to curtail it further
The outspoken anti-Semitic French comedian Dieudonné M’Bala M’bal recently felt it was a noble demonstration of defiance to compare himself to the terrorist who killed four hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris last Friday. “As for me, I feel I am Charlie Coulibaly,” he said, lampooning the global slogan of solidarity “Je Suis Charlie.”
It was a tasteless display, but not one which deserved the punishment he received. Dieudonné was arrested and faces charges associated with making an “apology for terrorism.”