BBC, Sep. 16, 2002
Prize-winning French novelist charges of making a racial insult and inciting religious hatred.
The controversial writer is being sued by four Islamic organisations in Paris after making “insulting” remarks about the religion in an interview about his latest book.
The novel, Platform, is also cited in the case being made by the largest mosques in Paris and Lyon, the National Federation of French Muslims (FNMN) and the World Islamic League.
In an interview given last year to the French literary magazine Lire, the author was quoted as saying “the dumbest religion, after all, is Islam”.