On the same day Taubira resigned, French authorities in the Rhône region banned a planned demonstration by a Palestine solidarity group.
Taubira’s justice ministry vigorously enforced a policy, inherited from the previous right-wing government, to prosecute supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement using hate-speech laws.
This has resulted in harsh penalties and disturbing legal precedents for activists who mounted peaceful protests calling on fellow citizens not buy Israeli products.
Fortunately, however, the courage and principle Taubira lacked is being shown by more and more French citizens who are speaking out and standing up against government repression.
Last week, a dozen prominent French intellectuals and activists defied court rulings by publishing a statement reaffirming their support for BDS and calling on people not to buy Israel goods.