Saturday, Mar 7, 2015Saturday, Mar 7, 2015

Top French magazine fined for slandering 'stingy' Chinese

Published on Jan 25, 2014 12:30 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Leading French magazine Le Point was fined 1,500 euros (S$2,600) Friday by a court for slurring the country's ethnic Chinese community as stingy, work-obsessed tax dodgers.

The ruling followed a legal complaint filed by prominent anti-racism group SOS Racisme over an article published on August 23, 2012 entitled "The Devious Success of the Chinese in France".

Le Point chief Franz-Olivier Giesbert had defended the article as a humorous piece of writing that had been misconstrued.

A boxed text accompanying the article listed the "Five Commandments of the Chinese businessman". These included: "Thou shalt work 80 hours a week", "Thou shalt sleep in thy shop" and "Thou shalt not pay taxes." The court said three of the points were defamatory and rejected Giesbert's plea that the piece was humorous.

If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here