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Court upholds Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Holocaust denial conviction

A French court upholds the Holocaust denial conviction of the far-right activist Jean-Marie Le Pen, while a different tribunal acquitted another prominent racist of hate incitement charges.

The Paris-based Court of Cassation’s ruled Tuesday against Le Pen, founder of the far-right National Front party. He has been convicted multiple times for incitement to racist hatred against Jews over his 2015 statement that the Holocaust was “a detail” of World War II.

Downplaying or denying genocides is illegal in France. Le Pen must pay more than $30,000 in fines for the remark, Le Monde reported. He was expelled from the National Front by its current leader, his daughter Marine Le Pen.

— JTA

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