[A-List] France: Le Pen Acquitted of Racism Charges
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Thu Dec 2 08:13:33 MST 2010
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PARIS (AP) — A Paris court has acquitted far-right French politician
Jean-Marie Le Pen, who had faced charges of racism over campaign
posters for his National Front party.
The court said Thursday that Le Pen was not personally responsible for
the posters, reading "No to Islamism" and featuring a woman in a black
face-covering Muslim veil next to a map of France swathed in the
Algerian flag. The posters were issued ahead of March's regional
The anti-racism group SOS Racism had brought the charge of "inciting
racial hatred" against Le Pen.
The public prosecutor had asked the aging firebrand be handed a two
month suspended sentence, a €20,000 ($26,200) fine and a 1-year-long
ban on running for office.
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