Jean-Marie Le Pen loses Nazi remark appeal


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The Independent Online

The founder of France's far right National Front party has been convicted of contesting crimes against humanity for saying the Nazi occupation was not “particularly inhumane”.

A French appeals court sentenced Jean-Marie Le Pen to a three-month suspended prison sentence and a 10,000 euro (£8,300) fine.

Le Pen made the comments in a magazine in 2005.

France has strict laws against anti-Semitic speech and denying the Holocaust, and Le Pen was originally convicted for the remarks in 2009. A higher court overturned the decision and sent it back to the Paris appeals court, which ruled today.

Le Pen's daughter Marine now runs his anti-immigrant party and is a prominent candidate for France's presidential elections in April and May.