Yellow Jacket activist receives suspended prison sentence for antisemitic verbal assault

A 36 year-old man who shouted antisemitic insults at French Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut received a two month suspended jail sentence from a court in Paris.

The Yellow Jacket activist, Benjamin Weller, approached Finkielkraut as he was coming out of a taxi near a demonstration in the capital.

Weller called Finkielkraut a « dirty race » while saying « France belongs to us » and « You are hateful and you’re going to die ».

The court found that Weller had attacked Finkielkraut on the basis of his Jewishness. Weller’s lawyer claimed that the comments were anti-Zionist, not antisemitic. He has appealed the verdict.

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