FRANCE – Observatory of associative liberties report: citizenship repressed

Report originally published in French by La Coalition.

The analysis of 100 cases of associations sanctioned after critical collective action by public authorities traces the contours of repressed citizenship. In documenting a reality that mixes cuts and sanctions of subsidy, public discrediting, muzzle-jumping or police harassment, this report describes which appears to be a temptation for the authorities to impede contradiction. It proposes ways to that public authorities accept disagreements with the associative actors and recognise that the critical collective words are indispensable to the democratic functioning and, in so doing, that they deserve to be supported and protected.