Recent question: Freedom of speech and blasphemy caused me to think about it and ask myself:
is there any limits/prohibits for mocking in France? Is it legal to criticize the LGBT community?
As we see, it is legal to mock religions, but what else?
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While freedom of speech is guaranteed under French law it does have limits. Since 2004, these limits have applied to gender and sexuality.
Mockery is contemptuous or insulting speech; hate speech or vilification incites hatred, serious contempt or ridicule. The boundary between them must be established on a case-by-case basis including both content and context (“I’m going to get you” can be a serious threat but it can also be what a father says to his child when chasing them in the park) but in France, as in other liberal democracies, the benefit of the doubt goes to speech being considered lawful.
Mocking, or criticising homosexuality, or LGBT as a concept is OK. For example, former governement member Christine Boutin said "Homosexuality is an abomination", and it was considered OK (after appeals, she lost in lower courts, but eventually prevailed).
Mocking, or criticising LGBT people is not. For example, far right magazine "Minute" got a 7.000€ fine for a front page saying "AIDS: Despite risks, they will give you their blood".
Same goes for religion. Criticising a religion is OK, criticising folks practising this religion is not (caricatures vs. saying "muslims must choose between Islam and France")