• Ivan Rioufol was summoned to court under France’s strict press laws
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  • Says law has been used to ‘penalise criticism and intimidate journalists’

A French journalist is facing a criminal trial under the country’s strict press laws for remarks made during a radio debate about the influence of Islam.

Ivan Rioufol, 61, believes the way he is being treated is an example of how writers are criminalised when the state is able to control the media.

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