Racism and Anti-Semitism
The language of Le Pen and his publications leaves no doubt that the leader espouses
bigotry and anti-Semitism and sees little problem with
Hitlers policy of
exterminating the Jews.
|"In 1990, he was convicted of incitement to racial hatred by casting doubt on the Nazi
persecution of Jews and Gypsies under a French law banning such rhetoric."|
In 1987, he said that the Nazi death camps were "a mere detail" of World War
II. In 1990, he was convicted of incitement to racial hatred by casting doubt on the Nazi
persecution of Jews and Gypsies under a French law banning such rhetoric. He was fined the
equivalent of $233,000 and has appealed the sentence to the European Court of Human
In those days, Le Pen seemed to be compulsive in belittling or ridiculing Auschwitz. He
was critical of a then-cabinet minister named Durafour, and in referring to him said, as
in a joke and with a smile, "Durafour-crématoire It was a pun on
"four," French for oven.
Le Pens most egregious recent comment, evoking widespread protest from
parties across the political spectrum and from human rights and Jewish organizations, was
that "the races are not equal It was a comment that was repeated by the newly
elected Mayor of Vitrolles, Mine Mégret, and seems to be a staple of the FN ideology.
Both Le Pen and Mme Mégret elaborated on the statement by noting that, after all,
different races have different strengths. Thus, both said, Blacks are better at sports.
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