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French actor jailed over insults
French actor Samy Naceri
Naceri is best known for starring in the popular Taxi
French film star Samy Naceri has been sentenced to six months in prison and fined 8,000 euros (5,400) for insulting and racially abusing police.

Naceri had earlier pleaded guilty and apologised for his conduct but was not in court when the judgement was given.

In March, the 44-year-old actor was stopped by police just outside Paris after he had, by his own admission, mixed medicine and alcohol.

He hurled abuse at the officers, insulting one black officer racially.

The actor, whose father is Algerian and mother French, is best known for starring in the popular Taxi series of films.

Earlier this year, he received a joint best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for the controversial Indigenes.

He has received several previous convictions for offences including assault, speeding, drug possession and drink-driving.

He is due back in court next week facing charges of assaulting a man in a Paris restaurant.


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