About a thousand young Jewish people gathered in Paris on Friday (19 September) to protest against FANE (Federation Nationale et Europeene), the extreme rightist neo-Nazi group.
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Background: About a thousand young Jewish people gathered in Paris on Friday (19 September) to protest against FANE (Federation Nationale et Europeene), the extreme rightist neo-Nazi group. Their demonstration coincide with the opening of the trial of Maro Fredriksen, the leader of FANE, who is charged with publishing in the group's magazine articles alleged to have incited racial hatred.
SYNOPSIS: The courtroom where Marc Fredriksen was being tried by a special tribunal was heavily guarded by riot police. Fredriksen, who is 44, founded the group in 1966. He claims to have 60 militant members in Paris and a further 200 in provincial France. In an interview last month, Fredriksen claimed that the Nazi extermination camps caused what he called "a few deaths, a million at the most". He said the gas used in the camps was "a powerful insecticide to disinfect clothes".
The FANE organisation is reported to have been in contact with Italian right-wing militant, Marco Affatigato, who was arrested in Nice after the recent bomb attack on Bologna railway station. The present trail in Paris is said to be the first time the legality of neo-Nazi propaganda will be clearly discussed.
The President of the Israelite Consistory of Nice, M. Tihoukriel, alleged this month that FANE was involved in death threats and abusive calls recently received by 67 prominent Jews living in the Alpes Maritimes.