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Man Fined for Circulating ‘protocols’

A founding member of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s extreme right-wing National Front was fined the equivalent of $1,700 for reprinting and circulating a notorious anti-Semitic libel, “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.”

Christian Ricard, 61, was found guilty by the court of justice in the southern French town of Rodez.

The “Protocols,” a forgery purporting to expose a Jewish plot to rule the world, was written in Paris for the czarist secret police about 100 years ago. Its circulation in France is a criminal offense.