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French Rightist Fined for Racist Statements

March 22, 1985|From Reuters

MARSEILLES, France — The only candidate of the rightist National Front elected to a local council earlier this month was fined $500 Thursday for racism.

A court ruled that a leaflet signed by Councilman Jean Roussel with the headline "Let's Stop The Massive Implantation Of Immigrants" violated France's 1972 race laws.

The leaflet protested the construction of a low-income housing project in Marseilles, which has one of France's biggest immigrant populations.

Roussel said he will appeal the fine, $400 of which was suspended for five years provided he behaved.

The case was brought by local anti-racist groups before the elections, but the court withheld its decision until after the ballot.

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