France Sentences Revisionist to Six Months Imprisonment

ThoughtCrime: 10/05/05
Published: 2005-10-05

"Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death."
George Orwell

On October 5, 2005, by decision of the high court of Limoges, François Cassasus-Builhé presiding, Georges Theil was convicted under Frances Loi Gayssot (anti-revisionist law). Mr Theil's crime was having sent a few individuals copies of the book that he published in 2002, under the pseudonym Gilbert Dubreuil., entitled: Un cas d'insoumission / Comment on devient révisionniste (“A Case of Defiance / On becoming a revisionist”).

The French court sentenced Theil to the following:

  • Six months’ imprisonment without remission;
  • Five years’ prohibition of standing for public office;
  • Payment of the cost of having extracts of the judgment published in the dailies Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Populaire du Centre and L'Echo de la Haute-Vienne;
  • Confiscation of the objects under seal (that is, the computers, books and documents previously seized at his house by the police);
  • Payment to each of the various plaintiffs of the following sums: €7,000 and €350 plus €1 and €350 plus €1,000 and €350 plus €1,000 and €350 plus €1 and another €350;
  • Payment of €90 in procedural fees.

Theil has begun remitting large sums to the plaintiffs.


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