Verbal Abuse Draws 1-year Sentence

In what is being called the stiffest sentence of its kind in France, a man has been condemned to a one-year jail term for anti-Semitic verbal abuse.

Georges Anne, a 47-year-old electrician, was convicted by the Versailles Court of Justice of verbally abusing his neighbors for several years with anti-Semitic slurs.

Philippe Bataille, the legal representative of the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism, who was also suing Anne, said the sentence is the heaviest ever handed down for such an offense.

The Versailles court also ordered that its decision be posted on Anne’s front door and published in various newspapers.

In addition, Anne has been required to pay a sum equivalent to $20,000 in damages to his neighbors, as well as the equivalent of $2,000 to the anti-racism league.

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