French president Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech

February 24, 2015 1:55 AM

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French president Hollande vows stiffer penalties for hate speech

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande has vowed to introduce tougher penalties for "racist, anti-semitic or homophobic" remarks in the wake of last month's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Speaking at an annual dinner hosted by the country's Jewish community, Hollande called for "faster, more effective sanctions" against hate speech and added: "I want such speech to come under criminal law rather than press laws."

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