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French Green Leader Suspended

France’s Green Party has suspended an official who denounced “Israel and the Zionist lobby” as responsible for the Persian Gulf war.

Jean Briere, 58, spokesman for the ecology-oriented political faction, was temporarily removed for making what many of his colleagues considered blatantly racist and anti-Semitic statements.

Briere, who represents the Greens in Lyon, faces possible expulsion from the party at its upcoming regional meeting.