[WashingtonPost] Hollande Vows To Protect All Religions In France, But Warns Open Society Untouchable

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande reached out to France’s nervous religious minorities Thursday, vowing that any acts directed at Jews or Muslims would be “severely punished” but also insisting the country’s democratic traditions cannot be eroded. […]

“We can definitely talk about hypocrisy here,” said Adrienne Charmet, campaign coordinator for La Quadrature du Net, a Paris-based Internet rights group. “In the past days, we have seen a lot of people condemned for putting out words, no matter how condemnable those words, and receiving sentences that seem quite exaggerated.” […]