Case Law, Strasbourg: Eon v France, Satirical insult of head of state should not be a criminal offence – Rosalind English

17 03 2013

PRS AUTOCEon v France, no. 26118/10   14 March 2013- read judgment (in French only).  The applicant, Hervé Eon, is a French national, a socialist and anti-GM activist living Laval (France). The case concerned his conviction for insulting President Sarkozy.

During a visit by the President to the département of Mayenne on 28 August 2008, Mr Eon had waved a placard reading “Casse toi pov’con” (“Get lost, you sad prick”), a phrase uttered by the President himself several months previously when a farmer had refused to shake his hand at the International Agricultural Show. The utterance was widely disseminated in the media and on the internet, attaining the status of a slogan. Read the rest of this entry »