Another far-right French councillor fined for comparing Justice Minister Taubira to monkey
A French local councillor has been fined 3,000 euros for comparing France’s black Justice Minister Christiane Taubira to a monkey in a tweet. He says it was just a joke.
“I don’t understand the reasons for this judgement,” commented Olivier Burlats, a councillor in the village of Seynod in the French Alps. “I just wanted to make a joke.”
A court in the eastern city of Annecy on Friday fined him 3,000 euros for tweeting a photo of a monkey on a bicycle in response to a tweet of Taubira, who usually travels by bike.
His party, the far-right Front National (FN), suspended and then expelled him after the tweet in September.
Last year it dropped a local council election candidate, Anne-Sophie Leclere, for making a similar jibe at Taubira.
She is currently appealing against a jail sentence passed by a court in Cayenne.
The Guyana-born justice minister is a favourite target of the French right because of her origins and because she championed the controversial gay marriage law.
The far-right magazine Minute was fined 10,000 euros last month for a cover comparing her to a monkey.
Moroccan-born Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem is also in the far right’s sights.
Another hard-right weekly, Valeurs Actuelles, dubbed her a “Moroccan Muslim” and an “Ayatollah”.