Jean-Marie Le Pen fined over Holocaust remarks

Former French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has been fined 30,000 euros (£24,000; $34,000) for calling the Nazi gas chambers a "detail" of World War Two. He was convicted of contesting crimes against humanity.

Former French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has been fined 30,000 euros (£24,000; $34,000) for calling the Nazi gas chambers a "detail" of World War Two.

He was convicted of contesting crimes against humanity.

 

The former Front National chief was convicted of the same charge in 2012 after saying France's Nazi occupation had been "not particularly inhumane".

 

France has strict laws against Holocaust denial but has for refused to accept their role in the Genocide against the Tutsi.

 

Recently, former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe used his Twitter account in an attempt to absolve France’s role in the Genocide.

Juppe’s tweet, in French, read, “Faire procès à la France de porter une part de responsabilité dans le génocide aux Rwanda est une honte et une falsification historique”, loosely translated as ‘Implicating France in the Rwandan Genocide is a disgrace and a historical distortion”.

While visiting Rwanda, French youth leaders and other European colleagues called upon the French government to take responsibility for France’s role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“They perpetuate a silence that multiplies the suffering of survivors, which undermines the democratic functioning of institutions, which transmits ideologies that led to the massacre and prevents justice from working. That is why we must break this silence,” the French youth said.

The youth made the call through their organisation, the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM).
EGAM is an umbrella of youth wings of political organisations and students’ unions.

In a document titled “Rwanda: Breaking silence” the youth called on the French government to hold leaders accountable for their actions during and in the build up to the Genocide, which have been well documented by various scholars and investigative journalists.

Since 2014, the youth travel to Rwanda in April, to join Rwandans in commemorating the 1994 Genocide.

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