‘France’s left-wing elite have been accused of cowardice for failing to support a 16-year-old girl who has faced death threats after she insulted Islam online.
The girl, known as Mila, said Islam ‘is a s*** religion’ and the Koran is ‘full of hate’ in an outburst online after she repeatedly rebuffed a Muslim’s advances.
She has been removed from her sixth-form college in Lyon, south-east France, by police ‘for her own safety’ and has faced a torrent of insults and threats to rape and kill her.
The teenager’s lawyer, Richard Malka, told The Times that her plight has been completely ignored by the left, which would usually leap to her defence.
‘It is the left that traditionally defends secularism in this country,’ he said. ‘It saddens me that it has not done so in this case.’
‘She has been stuck at home for two weeks without being able to go to school. She is only a teenager and the sky has fallen on her head.
‘No human rights association has protested or expressed solidarity with the girl whose life has suddenly been plunged into hiding.’
He also accused ministers of being fearful of upsetting France’s five million Muslim citizens, claiming their inaction amounted to a betrayal of values laid down by Voltaire, the 18th-century champion of free speech.’