I don’t understand what happened here — so far there is just a brief note from Richard Landes:
I have heard from Paris that Philippe Karsenty was found liable for insulting Charles Enderlin and France2 to the sum of 3000 Euros to Enderlin and 5 symbolic Euros to France2. I do not have the judgment and only a vague account of the reasoning, which criticizes Philippe for not having done more research.
The implications of this reversal of Madame le Procureurâ€™s clear recommendations, for what appears to be â€” weâ€™ll have a translation and analysis of the judgment ASAP â€” a critique of Philippe that somehow absolves Enderlin of all of his journalistic failings, failings that came out abundantly in court, are deeply troubling.
If these trials are a test of the resilience of Republican culture in France in the face of a challenge to its very core values, then todayâ€™s decision is a great loss for the France most people who do love her, love.
At the end of the trial I speculated that the only possibility of a finding favorable to France2 was intervention from the top level of the French government. We don’t know that is what happened — we really don’t know anything useful at this point. Stay tuned…