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Submission + - French Branch of Scientology Is Convicted of Fraud (nytimes.com) 1

lugannerd writes: The French branch of the Church of Scientology was convicted of fraud and fined nearly $900,000 on Tuesday by a Paris court. But the judges did not ban the church entirely, as the prosecution had demanded, saying that a change in the law prevented such an action for fraud. The church said it would appeal.

The verdict was among the most important in several years to involve the controversial group, which is registered as a religion in the United States but has no similar legal protection in France. It is considered a sect here, and says it has some 45,000 adherents, out of some 12 million worldwide. It was the first time here that the church itself had been tried and convicted, as opposed to individual members.

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French Branch of Scientology Is Convicted of Fraud

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  • "...they were pushed into paying large sums of money in the 1990s, pressed to sign up for expensive “purification courses” and harassed..."

    Silly French here in American we call this extortion.

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