Jean-Marie Le Pen Fined For Holocaust Comments

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French far-right National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen in Nanterre, near Paris, August 20, 2015. Le Pen has been fined for controversial comments about the holocaust. Christian Hartmann/Reuters

French far-right politician Jean-Marie le Pen has been fined 30,000 Euros ($34,000) for comments he made about the holocaust in 2015.

Le Pen was convicted by a French court of contesting crimes against humanity, after he told a journalist he had no regrets about calling gas chambers a "detail" of the history of World War Two.

He told the journalist the comments "corresponded to my thought that the gas chambers were a detail of the history of war"

Le Pen was convicted of the same charge in 2012 after saying France's Nazi occupation had not been "particularly inhumane," the BBC reported.

The far-right figurehead, who was expelled from the Front National party he founded last year, was also fined 5000 euros ($5691) by a court in Nice for telling a public meeting in 2013 that Roma in the city were "rash-inducing" and smelly.

Under the leadership of le Pen's daughter Marine, the party has sought to distance itself from accusations of antisemitism, focusing on gathering working class support with an anti-immigration, protectionist message.

French far-right politician Jean-Marie le Pen has been fined 30,000 Euros ($34,000) for comments he made about the holocaust in 2015.

Le Pen was convicted by a French court of contesting crimes against humanity, after he told a journalist he had no regrets about calling gas chambers a "detail" of the history of World War Two.

He told the journalist the comments "corresponded to my thought that the gas chambers were a detail of the history of war"

Le Pen was convicted of the same charge in 2012 after saying France's Nazi occupation had not been "particularly inhumane," the BBC reported.

The far-right figurehead, who was expelled from the Front National party he founded last year, was also fined 5000 euros ($5691) by a court in Nice for telling a public meeting in 2013 that Roma in the city were "rash-inducing" and smelly.

Under the leadership of le Pen's daughter Marine, the party has sought to distance itself from accusations of antisemitism, focusing on gathering working class support with an anti-immigration, protectionist message.

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