Agence France-PresseDecember 19, 2013 13:10
Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right National Front (FN) party, was fined 5,000 euros ($6,800) Thursday for accusing Roma of stealing "naturally".
A Paris court ruled the 85-year-old Le Pen, now honorary president of the FN, was guilty of publicly insulting a group of people based on their ethnicity after comments he made about the Roma at a rally in September last year.
Talking to party faithful, he had said about the minority: "We are like birds, we fly ("volons" in French) naturally". In French, the verb "voler" can either mean to fly or to steal.