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Pétain “savior” of the Jews: the Court of Appeal rejects the request for postponement of the trial of the lawyer of Zemmour – France
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Pétain “savior” of the Jews: the Court of Appeal rejects the request for postponement of the trial of the lawyer of Zemmour – France
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Far-right presidential candidate Éric Zemmour is on appeal for a crime against humanity after claiming in 2019 that Marshal Philippe Pétain had “saved” French Jews.

His lawyer, Me Olivier Pardo, had requested the dismissal of the trial. When the announcement of the rejection of his request by the Paris Court of Appeal, he immediately left the courtroom of the Paris Criminal Court, denouncing a decision “
iniquitous
“. “Under these conditions, I have decided that I am not in a condition to defend” Éric Zemmour, underlined Me Pardo.

The president of the court of appeal specified that the decision of his court would not be given until after the presidential election on 10th and 24th April next. The hearing began without the defendant or his lawyer.

The lawyer asked for a postponement of the trial after the elections

Me Pardo asked that his client’s appeal be postponed after the second round for “reasons of serenity”. “The debates of opinion must take place in the political arena, they must not occupy the courtroom”, he maintained.

The lawyers for the civil parties, for their part, denounced “a maneuver” by the defense of Éric Zemmour to avoid being tried.

Three days after conviction

“I am a candidate and So what? Candidate or not, Eric Zemmour remains a litigant like any other, ”said Me Alain Jakubowicz, the lawyer for the Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF).

This new judicial meeting comes three days after the conviction of Éric Zemmour for incitement to hatred by the Paris court, for his release on unaccompanied migrant minors. He immediately appealed.

Relaxed in February 2021

In the case of the comments on Pétain “savior” of the Jews, the ex-star columnist of CNews had been acquitted in February 2021, the court considering that they had been pronounced “at the drop of a hat during a debate on the war in Syria”.

The court had nevertheless recognized that his words contained “the denial of the participation (of Pétain) in the policy of extermination of the Jews carried out by the Nazi regime”.

The prosecution had appealed.

Comments made before BHL

The comments were made in 2019 during a debate on CNews against the philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy.

“One day, in another broadcast, you dared to say that Pétain had saved the French Jews. It’s a monstrosity, it’s revisionism”, had carried away “BHL”. “It’s once again the real, I’m sorry,” replied the polemicist.

At the hearing in first instance in December 2020, Éric Zemmour defended himself against any challenge to crimes against humanity and considered that the debate on the role of Vichy towards French Jewish citizens should be decided by historians and not by justice.



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