A court in Nice has meted out stiff sentences to two men for publicly denying the reality of the Holocaust.
Fabrice Robert and Pierre Gauzer, both 21, were fined and will have their civil rights suspended for five years.
Last November, the two had pasted posters in Nice’s colleges and universities saying, “The gas chambers are a hoax.” They had also daubed walls with Nazi graffiti.
The police found in their apartment numerous posters of Hitler and Mussolini and various Nazi paraphernalia, including books.
Robert admitted being anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian. The court fined him 10,000 francs (2,000 dollars). But his friend will have to pay double the amount.
The prosecutor asked the court to post the sentence on the doors of the colleges and universities where the two had put their posters, but the court denied that request.
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