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French Racist Historian Convicted

July 7, 1981
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Robert Faurisson, a French historian who wrote a book last year in which he claimed that reports about the Holocaust are “grossly exaggerated” and that genocide was not a policy fundamental to Nazism, has been convicted by a French court of inciting hatred and racial discrimination.

The 52-year-old history professor, who has been suspended from his post at Lyons University, was given a 90-day suspended sentence and fined $900 by the Correctional Court of Paris. He was also ordered to pay a total of $3,500 to three French Jewish organizations that had filed suit against him for spreading “racist theories.”

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