France: court orders far-right anti-Islamic posters removed

A court in Marseilles March 12 ordered that anti-Islamic campaign posters put up by the far-right National Front be taken down. The posters, proclaiming “No to Islamism,” depict a fully veiled woman standing next to a map of France with the pattern of the Algerian flag on it, and are directly inspired by Swiss posters deployed during the referendum on minarets. The court held them to constitute an unlawful disturbance of public order. In a press release, the party denounced the decision as “a serious violation of the freedom of opinion and of speech during an election period” and said it will appeal against it. The Algerian government had issued a complaint about the posters.

From Jurist, March 13. Used with permission.

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