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Pierre Poujade, French Anti-semite, Fined $40,000 for Inciting Hatred

French rightist leader Pierre Poujade was fined 200,000 francs ($40,000) today by the Limoges Court, after being convicted of incitement to racial hatred in connection with the publication of two anti-Semitic articles in his periodical, “French Fraternity.” A similar fine was imposed on the director of the publication. The court found them guilty yesterday.

The stiff penalties were regarded here as a setback for the anti-Semitic movement in France. It was the first such sentence for anti-Semitic propaganda and for the fascist leader.

Charges against Poujade had been filed by the MRAP, the Movement Against Anti-Semitism and for Peace, and the Jewish War Veterans of France. The two organizations were awarded symbolic damages by the court.