Villagers get suspended terms

5th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

AURILLAC, france, July 5, 2007 (AFP) - Five inhabitants of a village in central France were given suspended prison terms and a fine Thursday for attacking a writer who they believed had insulted them in a novel.

AURILLAC, france, July 5, 2007 (AFP) - Five inhabitants of a village in central France were given suspended prison terms and a fine Thursday for attacking a writer who they believed had insulted them in a novel.

Pierre Jourde and his family were set upon by a group in the hamlet of Lussaud in 2005 after he wrote a book "Pays Perdu" (Lost Country) which painted a grim picture of local life.

Three women and a man were given two month suspended jail terms, and another man got a 500 euro (690 dollar) fine.

They were convicted of "acts of deliberate violence" as well as making "public insults of a racist nature." Jourde's three children are half-black.

Himself a native of Lussaud, Jourde drew on several local characters for his novel, portraying them as drunks and simpletons.

When he arrived for his annual holiday in July 2005, an angry group gathered by his car and attacked him with punches and stones. He has not been back since.


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