Fine against Nazi collaborator Papon upheld

3rd March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 2 (AFP) - A fine of EUR 2,500 (USD 3,300) against convicted Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon for illegally wearing a Legion of Honour medal he was stripped of was upheld Wednesday by a French court.

PARIS, March 2 (AFP) - A fine of EUR 2,500 (USD 3,300) against convicted Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon for illegally wearing a Legion of Honour medal he was stripped of was upheld Wednesday by a French court.

The appeal dealt another public loss of face for Papon, a former Vichy-era government official who was found guilty in 1998 of war crimes for organising the deportation of French Jews to Nazi death camps in World War II and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Now aged 95, he was released from jail in 2002 on health grounds.

Papon was awarded the Legion of Honour medal in 1961, but was formally stripped of it in 1999 after his conviction.

A photograph of him wearing it for a magazine interview last year led to the fine being levied against him.

Wednesday's verdict - delivered without Papon being present - confirmed a lower court's judgement fining him for the violation.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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