|Born||1 August 1940|
|Victim of|| • Fabius-Gayssot Act|
• Jewish Power
On 7 October 2005, Georges Thiel was convicted by a court in Limoges, where he had sent drafts of his book Heresy in Twenty-First Century France to two prominent wartime résistants and an orthodox historian, of “Holocaust denial” for review. Under the Fabius-Gayssot Act, this became “disputing... the existence of one or more crimes against humanity as defined by the charter of the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg". He was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment without remission, five years’ political ineligibility (he is a former regional councilor), permanent confiscation of everything the police had seized at his house (computer, books, documents) and a fine of €30,000. He was also ordered to pay damages of €40,000, and to bear the costs of publication of the court decision in the national and regional press. He suffered a similar judgement 3 January 2006 in Lyon, where he had given an informal television interview: again, six months' imprisonment, a heavy fine, and damages. His appeals in both cases were rejected and the penalties upheld.