France: Far-right blogger fined for anti-gay mayor post

04/10/2012
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Reposted from The Local: http://www.thelocal.fr/page/view/ringt-wing-blogger-fined-for-homophobic-remarks-against-paris-mayor

A far-right activist has been fined €6,000 for homophobic remarks about Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë on his blog.

Hervé Lalin, also known as Hervé Ryssen, a retired history teacher and former member of the National Front, was ordered to give €2,000 to Delanoë in damages, and pay €1,500 to cover costs.

As well as the homophobic comments on his blog, Lalin also claimed the police were coming to get him because they knew of his plan to “pulverise” Delanoë.

Lalin was already known to police – in 2004 he was given a four month suspended sentence after throwing a mix of shaving foam and ink at a priest for helping immigrants.

In 2009 he was fined €7,500 for inciting racial hate after publishing anti-Semite posts, and again in February this year for €5,000 after accusing the Jewish community of incest in an article for extreme right journal Rivarol.


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