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French teacher suspended for Holocaust denial activities

PARIS, Jan. 12 (JTA) — A French high school teacher has been suspended for engaging in Holocaust denial. Vincent Reynouard, 27, who teaches math in the Normandy town of Honfleur, was found to be using the school computer to file documents denying the Holocaust and the fax machine to send the writings to his followers. He was also found giving his students statistical equations regarding the rate of mortality in Nazi concentration camps, the daily newspaper Liberation reported. Reynouard denies any wrongdoing and claims that he is the victim of a witch hunt. According to Liberation, the public prosecutor took up the case after Reynouard’s suspension last month. If charged and found guilty of contesting the truth of historical crimes against humanity, he faces up to one year imprisonment and a $60,000 fine. This was not the first time the instructor was accused of denying the Holocaust. In 1991, he was convicted of distributing Holocaust-denial literature, but the local school board decided to give him a second chance and allowed him to continue teaching.

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