The French prime minister has denounced the writer and journalist’s racist remarks.
Rabat – The Paris prosecutor opened an investigation into Eric Zemmour’s remarks at the “Convention of the Right” on Saturday, September 28.
Zemmour’s speech attacking immigrants, whom he qualified as “colonizers,” and “Islamization in the streets” has led to the opening of an investigation.
The Paris prosecutor opened the investigation on October 1 for “public insults because of origin or belonging or non-belonging of a particular ethnicity, nation, race or religion” and “public provocation to discrimination, hatred or violence, towards a person or group of persons because of their origin or belonging to or not belonging to a particular ethnic group, nation, race or religion.”
The Human Crime Suppression Brigade (BRDP) is carrying out the investigation, according to the French Press Agency (AFP).
The French writer’s speech was broadcast live by the news channel LCI at the “Convention of the right” organized in Paris by the far-right MP Marion Marechal and his relatives.
During his speech, Zemmour said that a “Muslim immigrants” are carrying out a “large replacement” of the predominantly white and Chrisitan French population.
“Will young French people accept to live in a minority on the land of their ancestors?” pointed out Zemmour, who was convicted for provoking religious hatred on September 17.
He also joked about the clothes of Sibeth Ndiaye, the government spokesperson, warning French citizens not to be fooled by his appearance.
“How can we not be dazzled by the elegance of our favorite minister, Sibeth Ndiaye’s ’outfits, the height of French excellence,” said Zemmour.
Zemmour’s statements stirred uproar among both the TV viewers and even within the government. French PM Edouard Philippe has condemned the speech.
Philippe considered the speech as “nauseating and deeply contrary to the idea we have of France and the Republic.”
LCI has also commented on Zemmour’s hatred-inciting speech.”The national broadcast of the speech was not the appropriate format for our channel,” said the administration of the TF1 group in a statement on Sunday.
On Monday, September 30, the Superior council of audio-visual (CSA) said they had received around 400 complaints about the broadcast.