This new investigation against the polemicist comes a week after his conviction for the same reasons.
The Paris prosecutor’s office opened Thursday, October 1, an investigation for “incitement to racial hatred” and “racist public insults” in the aftermath of racist remarks by polemicist Eric Zemmour, who described minor migrants as “thieves”, “assassins” and “rapists” on the Cnews channel.
This new investigation against the polemicist, a week after a conviction in Paris for the same reasons, was entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person, said the prosecution.
In a debate moderated by journalist Christine Kelly and dedicated to the issue of unaccompanied minors after the terrorist attack in front of the former premises of Charlie hebdo, Eric Zemmour said on Wednesday evening: “They have nothing to do here, they are thieves, they are murderers, they are rapists, that’s all they are, they must be sent back and they must not even come.”
– Elisabeth Moreno (@ 1ElisaMoreno) October 1, 2020
To AFP, the interministerial delegate for the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hatred (Dilcrah) Frédéric Potier said “stunned by the statements of Mr. Zemmour who reiterates racist remarks and which tend to generalize”. “Responsibilities are also shared by the channel, this is not the first time that Zemmour slips, we will not let go”, he added.
On September 25, the Paris prosecutor’s office obtained the conviction of Eric Zemmour to 10,000 euros fine for insult and incitement to hatred, this time for a diatribe on Islam and immigration during a political rally a year earlier and broadcast live on LCI.