Letters to the Editor

In France, free speech on one hand; illegal public insults on other

A Jan. 13 article in your edition described the return of designer John Galliano to the fashion world after he had been out of work since 2011 for issuing anti-Semitic remarks in public.

In France, it is illegal to express anti-Semitic remarks or ideas. In 2011, Galliano was charged and convicted for "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" and fined $8,400 (Today.com, Sept. 8, 2011).

Isn't it curious that Charlie Hebdo's insults against Islam are considered free speech while insults against Judaism are against the law. Is there a serious question of equality here?

John Steinmeyer