French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour has been fined 10,000 euros for provoking racial hatred.
Zemmour was convicted Monday by the Paris Criminal Court after he described migrants as “thieves,” “murderers” and “rapists” on a French news channel in September 2020.
This is the third time Zemmour has been convicted of a hate offense.
Despite that, he still is running at 11% in the polls ahead of this April’s election.
Zemmour complained on social media his freedom of speech was being restricted.
He said there was an “urgent need to drive ideology out of the courts.”
Human rights lawyer Arie Alimi said Zemmour’s political agenda is fuelled by hate.