Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Claude Goasguen, UMP [tn: mainstream right-wing party] and mayor of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, must appear in front of the correctional tribunal of Nîmes on 7 April at 2 pm, for anti-Muslim comments, it was learned on Monday 17 February. 
The Conseil français du culte musulman (CFCM) [French Council of the Muslim Faith] cited the MP to appear for remarks he made during a gala in favour of Israel, organised in Paris by the Fonds national juif (FFJ, or KKL in Hebrew) [National Jewish Fund], in the course of which he is said to have criticised the antisemitism of young Muslims. 
According to the CFCM, Mr Goasguen, vice-president of the France-Israel Friendship group in the national parliament, declared on 2 February: "This terrible Shoah that we no longer dare to teach in the secondary schools, so great is the fear of the reaction of young Muslims who have been drugged in the mosques." 
For Abdallah Zekri, president of the Observatoire national contre l'islamophobie [National Observatory against Islamophobia], "these remarks were widely disseminated via television and the website of the KKL, which later erased them." The lawyer of the CFCM, Khadija Aoudia, denounced "stigmatising remarks" which "necessarily infringe the honour and the dignity of the Muslim community."
Source: Le Monde

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