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Thoughtcrime in the Evil Empire

Jean-Marie Le Pen on trial over Nazi denials - Telegraph

The leader of the Front National party is due to face charges of conspiring to justify war crimes and to deny Nazi crimes against humanity, both violations of France's Holocaust denial legislation.

It isn't really important what he said;

"In France at least, the German occupation was not especially inhumane, even if there were a number of excesses - inevitable in a country of 550,000 sq km (220,000 sq miles).

"If the Germans had carried out mass executions across the country as the received wisdom would have it, then there wouldn't have been any need for concentration camps for political deportees."

"If one compares what happened here to what occurred in Belgium, Holland, Poland or elsewhere, it [my statement] is self-evident. In these three countries the Jews were completely exterminated, while in France I persist that the proportions were far too great, but not in the same league," he said. "To stop me from speaking and to pursue me in the courts is unacceptable and really anti-democratic."

But only for us to note that we now signed up to be part of this empire where thought crimes are prosecuted.


If I read Le Pen's statement correctly, I think his "crime" isn't so much that he is denying the holocaust, but rather, he is scratching the rather sore point that many French people collaborated with the nazis. His offense isn't against the Jews, but rather French national pride.

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