The mayor of a southern French town appeared in criminal court Wednesday charged with incitement of hatred for two statements about French Muslims last year.
Robert Menard, mayor of Béziers and a member of the right wing National Front party is being prosecuted for saying in a French TV interview that "In a class in the city center of in my town, 91 percent of the children are Muslims. Obviously, this is a problem."
Menard also tweeted that "These classes represent the most striking proof of the #GreatReplacement in progress. Just look at old class photos." "Le Grand Remplacement" or the great replacement is a theory from French writer Renaud Camus, who told CBN News that Muslims have come to France as colonizers and that France will no longer be France when native whites are the minority.
Camus was convicted and fined for inciting hatred in 2014.
If found guilty, Menard faces a €1,800 fine and will face prison if he refuses to pay.
His lawyer warned the court that it will be known for pronouncing a "death penalty for the freedom of thought" if he is not found innocent.