Caricatures and freedom of expression.
Communiqué issued by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister. Paris, 18 September 2012.
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault recalls that the freedom of expression is one of the fundamental principles of our Republic. This freedom is exercised within the framework of the law and under the supervision of the courts when a case is referred to them.
He also reaffirms the principle of laicité [secularism] (1), which, along with the values of tolerance and respect for religious convictions, is at the heart of our Republican pact.
And this is why, in the current context, the Prime Minister is keen to express his disapproval of any excesses. He urges everyone to demonstrate a spirit of responsibility.
(1) laïcité goes beyond the concept of secularism, embracing the strict neutrality of the state.