After the fiasco of the NatCon conference in Brussels yesterday, the assaults on free speech just won’t stop. Today the University of Lille announced the cancellation of a “Free Palestine” association event, which was set to be attended by former French presidential hopeful Jean-Luc Mélenchon and a raft of other Left-wing politicians.

Why? According to the university, “the conditions are no longer met to guarantee the serenity of the debates.” Defiant, Mélenchon announced on X that the event would take place on Thursday at a new location, but expressed his “sadness” in seeing the university cancel, saying the institution was a “victim of pressure”. But less than a week after police in Germany cancelled a pro-Palestine conference, there seems to be a trend forming. Why is Europe suddenly so afraid of free speech?