The Vaud Cantonal Court found the French-Swiss author Alain Soral guilty of discrimination and incitement to hatred. Soral announced that he will appeal the decision at the Federal Court and “if necessary” also before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)., the Swiss outlet fm1today reports.

In 2021, Soral called journalist Catherine Macherel a “fat lesbian” and a “queer activist” in a Facebook video. He also suggested that being “queer” is synonymous with being disturbed or dysfunctional. Macherel filed a criminal complaint against Soral in September 2021. In April 2023, the public prosecutor’s office sentenced him to three months in prison for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The author appealed against this order.

The police court subsequently sentenced him to a fine of 30 daily fines of 50 francs. The Vaudois public prosecutor’s office, which had demanded a prison sentence of three months, took the case to the next instance, where he has now been sentenced to 60 days in prison.

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