French National Front Leader Acquitted of Racism Charges

News Agencies – December 2, 2010
A Paris court has acquitted the far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen of charges of racism over campaign posters for his National Front party. The court said Thursday that Mr. Le Pen, left, was not personally responsible for the posters, reading “No to Islamism” and featuring a woman in a face-covering veil next to a map of France swathed in the Algerian flag. The posters were issued before regional elections in March (see: The anti-racism group SOS Racism had brought the charge of “inciting racial hatred” against Le Pen. The public prosecutor had asked Le Pen 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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