In 2010, I created a one million euro fund for the defense of civil freedom.
7 years later, I am still paying the fines of women who freely choose to wear the Niqab in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Holland. In a few days, I’ll start in Austria.
To date, I have paid 1522 fines, representing 300 000 € including legal expenses.
On the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the anti-Niqab law in France, I’ll pay the 1289th French fine in Marseille on October 10th, and I’ll pay the 1290th fine in Paris on October 11th.
I intend to also pay the fines in Austria, with the law that was passed on October 1st.
In this regard, despite the recent violent assault I was subject to in France, I came specially to Vienna, Austria this Monday October 9th at 12 noon, wearing a Venetian mask in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to receive the 1st fine.
I remind the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sebastian Kurz, that « to pay a fine is the most sincere demonstration of respect for Austrian law ». Vienna is the capital of great balls.
I would like to re-state that I am personally against the use of the Niqab. My wife, who is American, does not wear the Hijab, or the Niqab.
But as a disciple of the philosopher Voltaire, I shall do everything to enable women who freely wear the niqab, to continue to wear it if they so wish.
Moreover, these women, 66% of which are of European descent and converts, pose no danger, either for the security of the territory, or for the freedom of other citizens around them.
I defend the freedom to wear the niqab as well as the freedom not to wear it.
When in September 2013, a woman was scheduled to be flogged in public, in Sudan, because she had refused to wear the HIJAB, I was the only person to travel to Khartoum to defend her cause to the Sudanese authorities. And they listened to me… the woman was not flogged.
I do not defend principles according to variable geometry; I defend ALL CIVIL FREEDOMS, Bikini, or Burkini, or Niqab.
I am not defending Islam, because I am neither an Imam, or Theologian.
I am first and foremost an Activist for the Universal human rights of women and men.