France puts Scientology sect on trial - 2002-02-21

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F345.png France puts Scientology sect on trial February 21, 2002, Jon Henley, Guardian Unlimited

France's bitter 10-year legal battle with the Church of Scientology will reach a critical stage today when a Paris court will for the first time hear charges against the organisation itself rather than individual members.

The case, which could well decide the movement's future in France, is the first since the adoption there last year of tough anti-cult legislation that allows the dissolution of suspected sects found guilty of common offences.


{{cite news | first = Jon | last = Henley | title = France puts Scientology sect on trial | url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,653557,00.html | work = Guardian Unlimited | date = February 21, 2002 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}