It cannot be said that there is any French legislation which specifically protects citizens of any particular ethnic origin or creed. For instance, there is no law that shelters members of a particular religious faith from group defamation. The absence of legislative texts in this connection is explicable by the tradition rooted in the French psyche, born out of the French Revolution, that frowns upon racial discrimination and religious intolerance.
Jean Peytel, Group Defamation in France, 13 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 64 (1964)