Court clears image of cross and swastika
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A French court refused a Catholic group's request yesterday to ban a controversial film poster that blends a cross with a Nazi swastika, ruling that the image fitted the film's storyline. The publicity poster for the forthcoming film Amen, by Constantin Costa-Gavras, had stirred protest from Jewish and Christian leaders.

A group known as the general alliance against racism and for the respect of French integrity said the poster constituted a "manifest and illicit disturbance toward Christians" and should be banned.

The poster is intended to convey the film's claim that the Vatican bears partial responsibility for the death of millions of Jews during the Holocaust by remaining silent.

The Paris judge noted that France's Catholic Church said in 1997 that its silence during the war was a mistake. (AP)