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    http://www.cesnur.org/testi/guyard_en.htm France: Mr Guyard found guilty of defamation for having called Anthroposophy a cult; parliamentary report called not
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2000
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      France: Mr Guyard found guilty of defamation for having called
      Anthroposophy a cult; parliamentary report called "not serious" by the
      Court of Paris (March 21, 2000)
      MP Jacques Guyard was the main author of the 1996 first French
      parliamentary report on cults and the president of the commission which
      published the second of such reports in 1999. He is also a prominent
      member of the French governmental Mission to Fight Cults (MILS). On
      March 21, 2000, the Justice Court of Paris found him guilty of
      defamation for having called Anthroposophy "a cult" (secte) practicing
      "mental manipulation". Guyard was fined FF 20,000 and ordered to pay FF
      90,000 to the antroposophical Federation of Steiner Schools. Guyard's
      argument was that Anthroposophy was regarded as a cult in the second
      French parliamentary report (1999). The Court stated that "the
      investigation [of that parliamentary report] was not serious. It is
      proved that it only considered affidavits by alleged 'victims' of
      Antroposophy but that neither the authors of these affidavits nor the
      alleged perpetrators were heard by the [parliamentary] commission". The
      Paris judges also decided to strip Guyard of his parliamentary immunity
      in connection with this case.

      See comments by daily newspaper "Le Monde" (in French)

      -Bruce
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