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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.

 
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