The court hearing is over now and I am happy to say that it went very well for me. All those there, more than a dozen supporters as well as French reporters and journalists, were given the opportunity to see first hand just how weak a case the accuser have against me.
They argued that I have no steady job, but we made it clear that I am a musician, I am building our own house and I am also – together with Marie – home-schooling our children.
They argued that my children are not in school, but we made it clear that they are home-schooled, and pointed at a social worker’s report stating that not only does my 6 year-old boy know how to read and write in French, he also knows Norwegian fluently and even speaks a bit English, he excels in mathematics and is far ahead of most other kids his age in school contexts. (Because he is not in school, I can add.)
Everything they tried to bring up as an argument in favour of an expulsion was discussed by my excellent lawyer, Maitre Julien Freyssinet, who did an amazing job, speaking for probably a full hour, ripping to pieces all the accuser’s arguments and explaining well how things really were. By the end of his speech I think we all understood that they have nothing they can use against me. They are only left with the will to expel me. But wanting to expel a person is not good enough if you have no reason whatsoever to do so.
In spite of all this though, I could read when I got home that AFP (Agency France-Presse) news agency had made an article, that they send out to all sorts of media institutions, presenting pretty much only the accuser’s arguments, and presented the case as if it was clear that I was obviously going to be expelled. They had close to completely ignored our defense, even though it was made perfectly clear that all their arguments were basically nothing but ill-willed and even fabricated nonsense. A reporter then called us telling us that the interior ministry seems to have used all their power to present the case in their favour. Apparently they is going to expel me no matter what, and they just wants to manipulate the public opinion in their favour before they do, probably to reduce the damage this will do to their reputation.
I can add that AFP also repeat the lie about me being summoned for a trial in Paris the 17th of October. I can repeat that I am still not officially charged with anything at all.
Thankfully there are many French journalists and reporters who are fed up with the scheming and abuse of power from the interior ministry, so they are going to do their best to counter their media offensive. They have told us that they will try to bring the truth about this case to the French population, and of course we will do our best to help them help us – and in doing so we will all help France. We will see how that will go in the coming days.
Photos of me working, a trench I made for the foundation of our garage/house, a fence I built, a gate I built and a stone compost I built. Behind my daughter you can see the building material for the planned garage/house. Perhaps to some I am obviously planning a huge terrorist attack?…
PS. All photos taken and also published here on Thulean Perspective before the 16th of July this year.