Le Pen sentenced for soft-pedaling Nazis


A French court gave Jean-Marie Le Pen a three months suspended sentence for saying the Nazi occupation of France was not inhumane.

The sentence Friday was the latest handed to the far-right leader of the National Front for diminishing the significance of the Holocaust. He also was fined 10,000 euros, or about $14,500.

Le Pen told a far-right magazine in 2005 that “in France at least the German occupation was not especially inhumane, even if there were a number of excesses – inevitable in a country of 550,000 square kilometers.”
Nazis and their allies deported at least 70,000 French Jews to death camps during the Nazi occupation.

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