A renown newspaperman in France stated in an interview that a provocative Muslim organization's poster may run the "risk of appearing" contrary to the Republic's style of democracy, and for such he's been summoned to a Paris criminal court on charges of Islamophobia, as reported by The Washington Times on Oct. 10, 2013.
A 28-year veteran reporter with the renown French paper Le Figaro, Ivan Rioufol's 2012 interview with the French-owned radio network RTL (Radio Télévision Luxembourg) landed him in hot water with the pro-Muslim organization the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF - Collectif contre l'Islamophobie en France).
In response to RTL asking Rioufol's opinion to the CCIF's promotional poster which depicts images of Muslims under the slogan “We are the Nation,” the reported opined he believed the poster "went against France’s inclusive, secular republic."
Not done yet, when ordered to court, Rioufol went on to state:
In seeking to undermine liberty of expression, a sacred principle of our civilization, the Collective against Islamophobia in France takes the risk of appearing like a menace to democracy.
According to an unidentified spokesman for the CCIF, the group has "a duty to challenge Islamophobia."
Furthermore, the spokesman also claimed:
Mr. Rioufol will in court seek to prove that his words were true — one of the defenses against defamation.