French blogger who desecrated Qur'an charged with inciting religious hartred

A blogger who filmed himself burning the Qur’an and urinating on it to put out the flames faces up to 5 years in prison.

(Yet Muslims riot in the streets of Paris and set thousands of cars on fire at least twice a year and they get a tap on the wrist, if that. There are NO-GO Muslim areas of Paris where police dare not enter)

REUTERS In the film, which was posted on the Internet, the 30-year-old blogger from Bischheim near Strasbourg is seen sitting in his living room wearing a devil’s mask and tearing pages out of a copy of the Koran to make paper airplanes.

He then throws the airplanes at two upended boxes, arranged to look like the Twin Towers in New York, before burning the book on his balcony and urinating on it.

The man, who was arrested on Monday, faces up to five years in prison after being identified by police using his telephone number which is visible in the images.

“He claims full responsibility. He says he’s not a right-wing extremist but that in France he can burn the Koran, just as he can burn a Winnie the Pooh book, without worrying about the consequences,” Strasbourg deputy prosecutor Gilles Delorme told Reuters.

The Strasbourg blogger gave no explanation for his act, Delorme said, but the incident is the latest in a spate of anti-Muslim acts of vandalism in the city since the start of the year.

The French Muslim Council (CFCM) said on Tuesday it would file a complaint against the blogger, but called on French Muslims “to remain vigilant and face this series of provocations with calm.”

The incident comes when the country is already on heightened alert for potential attacks, following the kidnapping last month of five French hostages in Niger by al Qaeda’s North African arm and a number of bomb threats across the capital Paris.

The French enjoy free speech except when the speech is offensive to Muslims. Brigitte Bardot has been arrested 5 times for insulting Islam.

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