French government forbids enforcement of local blasphemy laws
January 08, 2016
In response to a parliamentary query, the French Ministry of Justice stated that regional governments are forbidden to enforce local laws against blasphemy.
France abolished laws against blasphemy in 1881, but anti-blasphemy laws remain on the books in Alsace and Moselle, which were ruled by Germany at the time. La Croix reported that in the 97 years that have passed since the regions’ legal codes were incorporated into French law, the anti-blasphemy laws have never been enforced.