French Holocaust denier sentenced to prison for publishing on website

It is the second conviction and prison sentence for Soral, a far rightist, since the beginning of the year.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
April 16, 2019 18:00
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People attend a national gathering to protest antisemitism and the rise of antisemitic attacks in the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, February 19, 2019. The writing on the sign reads: "Antisemitism, islamophobia, racism - not in our name". (photo credit: REUTERS/GONZALO FUENTES)

 
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Holocaust denier Alain Soral was convicted and sentenced to one year prison in France for publishing material denying the Holocaust on his website.

It is the second conviction and prison sentence for Soral, a far rightist, since the beginning of the year.
A Paris court convicted Soral, 60, on Monday and ordered him jailed. He was not in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest, The Associated Press reported.


Holocaust denial is a crime in France.


Soral’s lawyer, Damien Viguier, was fined more than $5,000 euros ($5,600) for complicity. On Soral’s website, Equality and Reconciliation, the lawyer announced that they would appeal, the French language Le Figaro newspaper reported.


In January, Soral was sentenced to one year in prison for insulting a judge and making anti-Semitic comments on his website. He was during his appeal of the conviction.

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