A court in southern France has slapped a billboard owner with a €10,000 fine for “public insult” after President Emmanuel Macron was depicted on the man’s public advertising panel as Hitler during anti-Covid-rules demonstrations.

On Friday, a court in Toulon slapped Michel-Ange Flori with the hefty penalty of €10,000 ($11,755) for having represented the French president as Hitler on a billboard.

A prosecutor argued in court that Flori’s images had shown an “obvious desire to do harm.”

Flori has declared his decision to appeal, slamming the ruling as having buried “the right to caricature.”

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France’s president sued Flori in late July after posters were put up on two large billboards along an entrance route into Toulon city. The image in question depicted Macron donning the uniform and moustache of the Nazi leader touting the orders: “obey, get vaccinated.” The acronym of the president’s party LREM (The Republic on the Move) was also manipulated in the image to take the shape of a swastika. (RT)