The laws to which this site is subjected

This page is not a legal document, nor is it comprehensive in any way. It simply aims to provide pointers and reminders with regard to various legal obligations that affect this whole site, including myself, as your host, and each and every member.

French law prevails

This site is being hosted in France. As such, it is subjected to French law.

Holocaust denial and denial of Crimes against Humanity

I am quoting wikipedia's article on Laws against Holocaust denial:

In France, the Gayssot Act, voted for on July 13, 1990, makes it illegal to question the existence of crimes that fall in the category of crimes against humanity as defined in the London Charter of 1945, on the basis of which Nazi leaders were convicted by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg in 1945–46.

I personally stand both by the spirit and the letter of the law. When in doubt whether the French law is applicable or not to specific comments, I will err on the side of the spirit of the law and censor the said comment.

The question of Free Speech does not enter the equation. I personally agree with all those who would question the motives of the people who would want to deny the Holocaust. In particular, consider the case in English court of Irving v Penguin Books Ltd:

David Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt is a case in English law against American author Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books, filed in an English court by the British author David Irving in 1996, asserting that Lipstadt had libeled him in her book Denying the Holocaust.

The court ruled that Irving is "an active Holocaust denier [...], anti-Semitic and racist".


Laws against promotion of violence and racial hatred