: Holocaust denier Le Pen fined EUR 30,000 for gas chamber remark
Society16:45 Apr. 6, 2016

Holocaust denier Le Pen fined EUR 30,000 for gas chamber remark

The founder of France's Front National was found guilty of the remarks, made during a TV interview

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right Front National, has been ordered to pay a EUR 30,000 fine. It's for controversial comments made about Nazi gas chambers.

In April last year, during an interview with French broadcaster BFMTV, Mr Le Pen labelled the chambers as a mere 'detail' of World War Two. This eventually led to his daughter and Front National leader, Marine, suspending him from the party. On Wednesday, the Paris court found him guilty of denying crimes against humanity.

The French politican had been convicted twice of the same offence, prior to this week's ruling - first in 1987, then in 1999.

Since Marine Le Pen succeeded her father as party chief in 2011, she has sought to rid its anti-Semitic image and position it as an anti-immigrant, Eurosceptic force protecting French interests.

The Front National is known to have strong links to the Kremlin. In late 2014, Ms. Le Pen confessed her party had accepted a loan of EUR nine million from the Russian-owned First Czech Bank.

Her party holds strong support in France, despite being dealt a setback in regional elections last December.

The Front National has also been highlightly critical of the European Union's economic and political sanctions against Russian individuals and sectors over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

Source: Euro Pravda/AFP

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