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US News Alain Soral ordered to pay 134,400 € to the Licra

21:00  26 september  2020
21:00  26 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The far-right essayist Alain Soral was ordered by the Paris Court of Appeal to pay € 134,400 to the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra) for releasing a book deemed anti-Semitic, according to a decision consulted on Saturday, September 26 by AFP.

Published for the first time in 1892, the book "Le Salut par les Juifs" by Léon Bloy had been reissued by the Soral publishing house and put on sale on its website in 2013, in the collection "Les InfréKentables" .

La Licra had taken legal action and the Bobigny court had ordered the withdrawal of fifteen passages deemed anti-Semitic, under penalty of a fine of € 300 per day of delay.

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The publishing house had deemed "impossible" de "redacted" the work to remove the offending passages and had withdrawn it from sale for several years.

But in 2018, the website had indicated on the page dedicated to the book that "the works that the Licra and others want to redact by court decision are still for sale in their uncensored version" .

Convicted on several occasions for similar facts

La Licra then seized the execution judge of the court of Bobigny to enforce the decision of 2013. The latter agrees with them, as well as the court of appeal of Paris, which fixes in its decision of Thursday the amount of the fine at 134,400 €.

Alain Soral, 61, has been convicted on several occasions for similar acts. Last week he was sentenced to three fines, with the possibility of jail for non-payment, including blaming the Notre-Dame de Paris fire on Jews.

In April 2019, he was sentenced to one year in prison for contesting the existence of the Shoah . He appealed.

Its two YouTube channels were also deleted by the US online video platform in July for "repeated breaches of the terms of service" .

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