Paris Court Acquits Femen

Country: France

Date of incident: February 16, 2016

Category: Government Restrictions / Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Governmental

A Paris court acquitted members of the radical feminist group Femen who had in November 2012 disrupted Catholic families peacefully protesting in defense of traditional marriage, topless with vulgar anti-church slogans written on their bodies and spraying fire extinguishers at the group.

The court said that their speech and actions, while vulgar, were not directly or personally directed against Catholics, and were a parody protected by freedom of expression. L'AGRIF, the group who brought the suit, will appeal. Source: L'AGRIF