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Far-right MEP faces prosecution
Bruno Gollnisch
Bruno Gollnisch faces trial in Lyon next May
A French far-right member of the European Parliament has been stripped of his immunity, so he can face trial for remarks about the Holocaust.

Bruno Gollnisch made comments about the use of Nazi gas chambers and the number of Jews killed during World War II at a news conference in October 2004.

The EU assembly voted to remove his diplomatic immunity, saying the remarks were made in a personal capacity.

He is number two behind Jean-Marie Le Pen in the National Front Party.

Mr Gollnisch is due to face trial at a court in Lyon in May 2006 on a charge of contesting the existence of crimes against humanity.

In October 2004, Mr Gollnisch told a news conference he did not contest the "hundreds of thousands, the millions of deaths" during the Holocaust, but added: "As to the way those people died, a debate should take place."

He also said he did not deny the existence of deadly gas chambers, but that historians should debate this too.

His comments outraged Jewish and anti-racism groups, and he was suspended for five years from the Jean Moulin University in Lyon where he taught law and Japanese.

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