Far-right activists like to define themselves as "rooted": in a culture, a history, a territory...But they often take liberties with this claimed attachment. For several years, some internet sites of the "fachosphère" [facho is short for fascist in French] – this cloud of very active websites, blogs and forums, which does its best to preach the "patriotic" word on the web - are hosted abroad, with the scarcely concealed objective of escaping French justice.
The journalist Nicolas Hénin, a hostage in Syria between 2013 and 2014, known for his work on jihadism, discovered this to his cost. In February, he filed a complaint for defamation against the website of the Islamophobic association Riposte laïque and one of its contributors, guilty, according to him, of a "vile article" about him. "He's a former doctor, who highlights this to present a pseudo-diagnosis of me and say that I have submitted to Islam. It's an unbearable attack," reproaches Mr. Hénin.
One problem: at the time of filing the complaint, the journalist and his lawyer struggled to find the name of the publication's manager - legally responsible under the law of the press - and realised that the "magazine" had been placed under the authority of the association Riposte laïque Switzerland. Only the name of a "site manager" is indicated clearly, a Moroccan woman domiciled ... in Thailand. Which complicates the work of the justice. ...
"We have embraced the discourse of globalism and multiculturalism", Pierre Cassen, one of the founders of Riposte laïque, explains ironically. It is a small group that has appeared in recent months alongside the German anti-islam movement Pegida or SIEL, a small part of the Front national. With some pride in his voice, Mr. Cassen boasts of around fifteen complaints made against his association, for defamation and incitement to hatred.
But expatriation is not an absolute firewall. The Swiss representative of Riposte laïque Suisse, Alain Jean-Mairet, was convicted in April by the 17th chamber of the Paris correctional tribunal for a violent article against Muslims. This was the first time the site had experienced this since its transfer to the other side of the Alps; it has filed an appeal. The tribunal judged that legal responsibility applied because the remarks in dispute were accessible in France. "Being abroad does not simplify the task of justice, but it doesn't seem to stop it either," regrets Christine Tasin, wife of Mr. Cassen and operator of Riposte laïque. "We, those who are anti-islam, we are not well perceived, they can be ready for anything."
The site Fdesouche, the veritable flagship of the "fachosphere", which Marine Le Pen has publicly defended in the past, also takes refuge abroad to try to escape justice. The platform is hosted in Canada. Its publication direction is an Indian, a certain Tilak Raj, whom the local police has failed to locate.Source
The Breton nationalist Boris Le Lay has also been forced into exile in Japan following convictions for "hate speech". First, he was sentenced to six months in prison for saying there were no "Black Celts". The judge who convicted him was an African woman. When he mentioned this fact in a blog post, he was sentenced to a further 2 years in prison. Here is what he wrote:
I was convicted by a racial and tribal “justice” system explicitly at war against the white world, against Christianiy, against Europe and, consequently, against Brittany. What the coalition of Socialist-Marxist traitors supporting the project call "La République diversitaire...Tribunals consisting of Afro-musulmans, stirred up by the Marxist virus of anti-racism, will set themselves up on the territory of your ancestors to convict you. The motive for this conviction will be your simply existence, you Europeans, you Christians. And the memory of your ancestors will be summoned to the reading of the act of accusation to legitimise your assassination, your complete dispossession."We're seeing the recreation of the old phenomenon of dissidents in exile, people forced to flee because their tyrannical governments won't allow them to speak.