Papon fined for wearing Legion of Honour

15th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 14 (AFP) - Convicted French Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon was fined EUR 2,500 (USD 3,100) Thursday for illegally wearing a Legion of Honour badge which was withdrawn after his 1998 trial for war crimes.

PARIS, Oct 14 (AFP) - Convicted French Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon was fined EUR 2,500 (USD 3,100) Thursday for illegally wearing a Legion of Honour badge which was withdrawn after his 1998 trial for war crimes.  

Papon, who was not in court, was also told to pay a symbolic one euro in damages to the Chancery of the Legion of Honour which filed a complaint after he was photographed in February wearing the insignia.  

The Legion of Honour - France's highest honorary medal - is automatically withdrawn from anyone convicted of a crime. Persisting in wearing the medal can result in a year in jail and a EUR 15,000 fine.  

Papon, 94, who was released from jail in 2002 on medical grounds, was convicted for organising the deportation of French Jews to Nazi Germany in World War II.  

He was made a commander of the Legion of Honour in 1961 and the title was officially withdrawn in 1999.

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