Is France dropping its anti-Scientology fervor because Tom Cruise is just too délicieux? - 2015-04-17
We have another report today from our man in Paris, British journalist Jonny Jacobsen. Recently, he wrote here about a Scientologist's 2006 suicide in France that prosecutors were trying to pin on Scientology itself. But an inability to track down three key witnesses had jeopardized the state's investigation. Later, at his own website, Jonny summarized information that he'd received about the possible location of at least one of those witnesses.
While that case stalls, an important thing to keep in mind is that Scientology was declared a fraud in France after years of investigation and a prosecution that reached the country's highest court. Part of the reason that the fraud case stayed alive over such a long period was through the hard work of government-sponsored anticult organizations. And French lawmakers told Jonny that once the case was upheld, one more prosecution of Scientology could lead to the church being dissolved in France. In other words, the country has long been hostile territory for Scientology, with the potential to permanently boot the organization from its shores.
Or is it? Jonny's new report suggests that things are changing, and a new press article suggests that France is reversing course. Fill us in on the details, Jonny...