Free Speech Threatened? Woman Who Insulted French President Faces Trial

A French woman from Saint-Omer in northern France was charged for allegedly insulting French President Emmanuel Macron on social media, describing him as a “piece of filth.”

French Court Rejects Government Order to Forcibly Close Mosque

On April 26, France's highest administrative court rejected the Interior Ministry's appeal to continue closing down a mosque. The Conseil d'Etat, on Tuesday, dismissed an appeal that will challenge the previous suspension of a closure order.

The Interior Ministry has been shutting down mosques all over France, citing radicalization concerns.

France Closes Mosque For Radical Preaching

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa

On December 28, 2021, a mosque in Beauvais, northern France, was ordered shut for six months for "inciting violence," according to France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. Since mid-December, Darmanin’s administration has been trying to close the mosque down, due to reports of sermons that use violent and hateful comments targeting Christians, Jews, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.