Anti-Semitic tweets against Miss Provence: seven defendants sentenced to fines

the essential Miss Provence April Benayoun had been the victim of anti-Semitic tweets in December 2020. Seven people were tried on Wednesday. They were sentenced to fines of several hundred euros.

Seven people were sentenced on Wednesday in Paris to fines of 300 to 800 euros for having published anti-Semitic tweets targeting April Benayoum, Miss Provence and first runner-up of Miss France 2021, in December 2020. An eighth defendant was released by the criminal court, which considered that his tweet did not target Ms. Benayoum.

The prosecution requested a two-month suspended prison sentence at the end of September against these four men and four women aged 17 to 58 years, for “public insults committed on the grounds of origin, ethnicity, race or religion”. The seven convicted will also have to pay 1 euro in damages to the complainant, as well as to several associations which had become civil parties, such as the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra), the Union of Jewish students from France (UEJF), SOS Racisme, the Mrap, the Human Rights League (LDH).

Unambiguous tweets

Four of them will also have to follow a two-day “citizenship course”, according to the court’s decision.

In December 2020, during the Miss ceremony broadcast on TF1 , April Benayoum, Miss Provence, had explained that her taste for geography was perhaps due to her origins. Her mother is Serbo-Croatian, her father Israeli-Italian, had confided the young woman, without suspecting that she was going to trigger in the wake of a flood of hate messages against her on Twitter.

Most of the tweets against him were unambiguous. “I vote against the Jewess (…) Miss Provence is Israeli this bitch (…) I boycott Israel”, had read the president of the th chamber during the hearing, on 22 September, citing the offending tweets.

At the hearing, the defendants all admitted to having written offensive remarks, but none had recognized the anti-Semitic nature of the messages published. Some have conceded that they acted in the name of the Palestinian cause.

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