As reported by France Bleu, a 19-year-old has been sentenced to a suspended fine of €2,000 after sending a tweet which included racist abuse towards France forward Kylian Mbappé after the country was eliminated from the last Euros.
The Paris magistrates’ court found the student guilty of inciting racial hatred as well as identity fraud, having published the tweet under another user’s picture, and using a fake name.
The author of the tweet, identified as Karim C., recognised in police custody that he had been the one who sent the tweet, but said that he was playing a role and was pasting comments from far-right messageboards “not to stir up hatred, but to make people react“.
The public prosecutor had asked for a six-month prison sentence. He has also been sentenced to pay a symbolic euro in damages as well as €1,000 to anti-racism charities. Mbappé himself had filed a complaint but did not attend the trial, and did not ask for any compensation.