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Convicted French Holocaust denier arrested in Scotland after 2-year search

Vincent Reynouard seized near Edinburgh on behalf of French authorities; first conviction was 31 years ago for claiming gas chambers didn’t exist

French Holocaust denier Vincent Reynouard. (Screenshot: YouTube; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
French Holocaust denier Vincent Reynouard. (Screenshot: YouTube; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

LONDON — A French Holocaust denier who was convicted under France’s anti-Nazi laws has been arrested in Scotland after authorities searched for him for two years, police said Tuesday.

Police in Scotland said Vincent Reynouard was arrested in Fife, north of Edinburgh, on Thursday on behalf of French authorities, and that he had appeared before the Edinburgh Sheriff Court on the same day.

Reynouard, 53, has been convicted of Holocaust denial, a criminal offense in France, multiple times.

His latest conviction was in relation to a series of antisemitic posts on social media.

He was given a four-month jail term in November 2020 and a further six-month spell in January 2021.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism, a British nonprofit, welcomed the arrest and described Reynouard as a “despicable Holocaust denier who has repeatedly been convicted by French courts.”

The charity said he was reportedly living in the UK, working as a private tutor. It said his first Holocaust denial conviction was in 1991 for distributing leaflets denying the existence of gas chambers at concentration camps.

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