A court in the south of France has fined an Algerian man 750 euros (£637; $984) for insulting the national flag - the first penalty under a new decree.
Abderrahmane Saidi, 26, was at a local government office on Tuesday when he grabbed a flag and snapped the pole in two during a row with a clerk.
A July decree made insulting the tricolour an offence punishable by a fine of up to 1,500 euros.
The rule was triggered by a photo of a man wiping his bottom with the flag.Free speech. Unfortunately, it means that sometimes, people are going to say and do things that you don't like. Like the now infamous Islamic poster against Christmas.
On the 1st day of christmas my true love gave to me an S....T....D.Well, fair enough, you can't really get away from the god having a son bit. After all you Christians brought that on yourself.
On the 2nd day debt
On the 3rd rape
On the 4th tennage pregnancy
- Followed by an abortion
- claiming god has a son
- night clubs
- domestic violence
But aren't all these Muslims supposed to be going to hell anyway? They're the ones who believe in a false god, and all that. Why don't Christians just sit back, smile and think of Judgement Day when something like this happens?
The last word on flags goes, as so many of them do, to Bill Hicks.
Case... Fucking... Closed.