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Old February 8th, 2008 #1
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Le Pen found guilty of Holocaust denial

By Henry Samuel in Paris
Last Updated: 8:16pm GMT 08/02/2008

Disgraced French far-Right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was given a three-month suspended sentence on Friday for calling the Nazi occupation of France "not particularly inhuman".

The 79-year-old founder of the National Front party, not present for the verdict in a Paris court, was found guilty of denying a crime against humanity and complicity in condoning war crimes, both violations of France's Holocaust denial legislation.


Jean-Marie Le Pen with his daughter, Marine Le Pen

Mr Le Pen was also fined 10,000 euros. His lawyer said he would appeal against the sentence, which was below the five months called for by the prosecution.

The charges relate to comments Mr Le Pen made in an interview with far-Right Rivarol magazine in 2005.

The court said Mr Le Pen had sought to "instill doubt" about Nazi persecution of Resistance members and Jews and their deportation.

It also ruled that he had "re-written history" to present the Gestapo in a favourable light, while making no mention of its crimes when referring to a 1944 massacre in the town of Villeneuve d'Ascq.

"The court reproaches my client for not talking about certain episodes. That is impossible to defend," Mr Le Pen's lawyer, Walleyrand de Saint Juste, told The Daily Telegraph.

The veteran leader has been convicted of several other controversial outbursts, but anti-racism organisation MRAP praised the "very heavy" sentence, saying it was very rare to convict someone via the press.

A journalist at Rivarol and the newspaper's head received fines. All three were ordered to pay a symbolic euro to the Sons and Daughters of French Jews association.

The verdict comes as the National Front, which Mr Le Pen will lead for another three years, is facing political and final meltdown.

After coming close to winning the presidency in 2002, when he came a surprise second to Jacques Chirac, Mr Le Pen suffered a drubbing last year, when a large chunk of National Front voters jumped ship to support Nicolas Sarkozy.

They were swayed by the current president's tough stance on law and order, immigration and the need to defend French "national identity".

With a massive drop in state subsidies, the National Front has been forced to sell its long-standing headquarters, known as Le Paquebot (the steamship) on the southwestern outskirts of Paris.

A spokesman said that it would likely finalise a sale next month for the property valued at around 20 million euros, but that the party had "balanced its books".

The National Front is facing a new drubbing in next month's municipal elections, with only Mr Le Pen's daughter and likely political heir, Marine, in with a chance of becoming mayor in the depressed northern town of Hénin-Beaumont.

However, a recent poll last month showed that National Front voters are turning away from Mr Sarkozy in droves.

Last May, 88 per cent supported him for his "anti-establishment" popularism.

That figure has fallen to 43 per cent, with many appalled at his glitzy style and support of "the powerful against the poor", according to one pollster.

Miss Le Pen warned that waning support for Mr Sarkozy would not automatically help her party, but that she hoped that municipal elections would be a "first step" in rebuilding the decimated party.

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Old February 8th, 2008 #2
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Poor Monsieur Le Pen, he is too good for this poor excuse of a country.

The french had 34 years to vote for this man and what did they do? They voted for jews and socio-communists, good job niggers...

But soon the french will start to feel the sour taste of their own medicine, just like the brits not so long ago...

France can rot.
 
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Somehow the Jews can figure out who is Jewish, but they mock the French figuring out who is French. The answer to Sarkozy's "There is always some one trying to say your blood is not pure enough" is "And there is always a Jew trying to say blood doesn't matter, except for Jewish blood."

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The Socialist and Green parties of the European Parliament proposed a rule change on Tuesday to prevent Jean-Marie Le Pen, a convicted Holocaust denier, from serving as the chair for the parliament’s opening session in July. The European Parliament is the legislative body of the EU.

Jean-Marie Le Pen, who is 80 years old, is expected to be reelected to the parliament as part of France’s National Front party. As the oldest member of the parliament, Le Pen will then serve as the chair of the inaugural session until a new president is elected.

Le Pen has been accused of being anti-Semitic and has been convicted by several courts for Holocaust denial. He has said several times that the Holocaust is “just a detail in the history of World War II,” which a Munich court said “minimizes the Holocaust, which caused the death of six million Jews.” The German court went on to convict and fine Le Pen. A French court also fined Le Pen 183,200 euros for denying the Holocaust.

German Member of Parliament Martin Schulz, from the Socialist party, proposed a rule change by which the youngest Member of Parliament would chair the session instead of the oldest. “I am concerned by the fact that a Holocaust denier could preside over the opening session of the European Parliament,” he said.

On the other hand, Green party member Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who also supported the initiative, emphasized that the rule change had another purpose. “We would like to see the youngest deputy open the session not because of Le Pen, but because it’s a sign of the future," he explained.

Although the rule change has supporters, it will not pass easily. All presidents of parliamentary groups in the EU chamber must agree in order to approve the motion. British parliament member Graham Watson of the Liberal party has already said he opposes the change. “There is no reason we should treat Mr. Le Pen differently from others,” he claimed, “even if we hate his politics.”

Le Pen himself is rather irate about the possibility he won’t serve as the session chair. “I think I still scare people,” he told reporters, “I’m still demonized.”

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Jean-Marie Le Pen fined again for dismissing Holocaust as 'detail'

French court fines former leader of far-right Front National for third time for calling Nazi gas chambers a mere ‘detail’ of history

Wednesday 6 April 2016 15.58 BST Last modified on Wednesday 6 April 2016 16.27 BST

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the former leader of France’s far-right Front National, has once again been convicted of contesting crimes against humanity for saying the gas chambers used to kill Jews in the Holocaust were only a “detail” of history.


A Paris court fined Le Pen €30,000 (£24,000) on Wednesday for the comments he reiterated on a French television programme in April last year.

Le Pen, 87, had told the TV interviewer he had no regrets over calling the gas chambers a mere detail of the history of the second world war, saying he stood by that view “because it’s the truth”.

Le Pen already has two civil court convictions for making the same comments about gas chambers. He first stated the view in 1987, and in later years repeated it in Germany and then in the European parliament.

The judges ordered their verdict to be published in three newspapers and said Le Pen must also pay €10,001 in damages to three charities that brought the case.

It was last April’s interview that sparked a bitter family feud with his daughter and successor as party leader, Marine Le Pen, who moved to expel him from the party he founded.

Marine Le Pen, who took over the party in 2011 and is running for French president next year, had led a public relations drive to “detoxify” the party and move away from its jack-booted imagery and antisemitic overtones. After years of working alongside her father, in April last year she blasted him for being “in a total spiral of strategy somewhere between scorched earth and political suicide”.

He in turn attacked his daughter’s criticism of his gas chamber comments, saying: “You’re only betrayed by your own.” Then in an interview the same month with Rivarol, a notorious far-right weekly, Jean-Marie Le Pen defended Philippe Pétain, the leader of France’s Nazi collaborationist Vichy regime in the 1940s, who was convicted of treason after the war.

The feud led to Jean-Marie Le Pen’s expulsion from the party and an ongoing legal battle over his status as honorary president of the party.

Jean-Marie Le Pen was also on Wednesday fined 5,000 euro by a court in Nice and convicted of “provoking hatred and ethnic discrimination” for telling a public meeting in 2013 that Roma in the city were “rash-inducing” and smelly.

He has been convicted repeatedly for hate speech and contesting crimes against humanity. In 2012, he was convicted of contesting crimes against humanity for saying the Nazi occupation was “not particularly inhumane”.

Aided by the collaborationist Vichy government, German authorities deported about 78,000 French Jews to death camps during the occupation from 1940 to 1944. Thousands of French civilians died in reprisals by the German army.

France has strict laws against denying the Holocaust and contesting crimes against humanity.

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Jean-Marie Le Pen charged with inciting hatred over Patrick Bruel comments

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The founder of France’s far-right National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, has been charged with inciting hatred over alleged anti-Semitic remarks he made in 2014, his lawyer said Saturday.

The Honorary President of the National Front (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, was indicted on 9 February in Paris for inciting hatred after using the word “batch” in June 2014, said his lawyer, Frédéric Joachim.

The lawyer denounced prosecutions based on “deliberately truncated” statements attributed to information that they do not have.

The situation goes back to June 2014 when Le Pen in a video clip posted on the FN website, railed against a number of critics including pop star Madonna and Yannick Noah, American singer and former tennis champion.

When asked about another critic — French Jewish singer Patrick Bruel — Le Pen said then that he would be part of “a batch we will get next time,” using the word “fournee” for “batch”, evoking the word “four,” which means “oven.”

This sentence had provoked fierce criticism even within the FN. His daughter and now leader Marine Le Pen considered it a “political fault” and Louis Aliot, one of the vice-presidents of the far-right party, said the choice of the term was “stupid politically and dismaying”.
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