French deputy and mayor of the town of Cholet, Gilles Bourdouleix, was sentenced Tuesday by a court to pay a fine of € 3,000 for remarks in which he claimed that Adolf Hitler perhaps did not “kill enough Gypsies”.
Bourdouleix uttered the controversial phrase in July 2013, during an altercation over agricultural land illegally occupied by a hundred caravans. His words, for which had already been convicted in the first instance, could have cost up to five years in prison and 45,000 euros fine, reports Le Monde.
Strong statements were collected at the time by the newspaper Le Courrier de l’ Ouest and also were confirmed by people who were at the time close to the mayor and deputy, triggering an investigation for “apology for crime against humanity”.
The politician, who argued that his words were taken out of context and he was the victim of a “manipulation” by the newspaper journalism, has been excluded from the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI).