The crime of lese-majesté violates freedom of expression, according to the Constitutional Court

Do we have the right to offend the person of the King? The answer is yes. The Constitutional Court has just decided the question.

Article 1 of the law of April 6, 1847, “on the repression of offenses against the King”, provides that “whoever […] will be guilty of insulting the person of the King, will be punished by imprisonment of six months to three years, and a fine of 300 to 3000 fr ”. In everyday language, we speak of the crime of lèse majesté.

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