Jean-Marie Le Pen, the former leader of France’s far-right Front National, has once again been convicted of contesting crimes against humanity for saying the gas chambers used to kill Jews in the Holocaust were only a “detail” of history.
A Paris court fined Le Pen €30,000 (£24,000) on Wednesday for the comments he reiterated on a French television programme in April last year.
Le Pen, 87, had told the TV interviewer he had no regrets over calling the gas chambers a mere detail of the history of the second world war, saying he stood by that view “because it’s the truth”.
Le Pen already has two civil court convictions for making the same comments about gas chambers. He first stated the view in 1987, and in later years repeated it in Germany and then in the European parliament.
The judges ordered their verdict to be published in three newspapers and said Le Pen must also pay €10,001 in damages to three charities that brought the case.
It was last April’s interview that sparked a bitter family feud with his daughter and successor as party leader, Marine Le Pen, who moved to expel him from the party he founded.