French court upholds conviction of Scientologists - 2013-10-16

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F306.png French court upholds conviction of Scientologists October 16, 2013, Associated Press, Eureka Times-Standard

France's highest appeals court has upheld the 2009 fraud conviction of the Church of Scientology's French branch, its bookstore and five of its leaders.

The Scientologists were accused of pressuring members into paying large sums for questionable services and materials and using "commercial harassment" against recruits. The group and bookstore were fined 600,000 euros ($814,000). The Scientologists' appeals of their convictions claimed infringement on their religious freedom.


{{cite news | title = French court upholds conviction of Scientologists | url = http://www.times-standard.com/nationandworldnews/ci_24321012/french-court-upholds-conviction-scientologists | work = Associated Press | publisher = Eureka Times-Standard | date = October 16, 2013 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}