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Oct 27, 2009 Scientologists convicted of fraud — BBC News
A French court has convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud, but stopped short of banning the group from operating in France. Two branches of the group's operations and several of its leaders in France have been fined. The case came after complaints from two women, one of whom said she was manipulated into paying more than 20,000 euros (£18,100) in the 1990s. A Scientology spokesman told the BBC the verdict was "all bark and no bite". France regards Scientology as ...
Oct 27, 2009 Scientologists convicted of organised fraud in France — Agence France Presse (AFP)
Sep 14, 2009 New French law blocks Scientology dissolution — Reuters
PARIS (Reuters) - A new French law means the Church of Scientology cannot be dissolved in France even if it is convicted of fraud, it has emerged during a trial of the organisation. A prosecutor has recommended that a Paris court dissolve the church's French branch, which has been charged with fraud after complaints by former members who say they gave huge sums to the church for spiritual classes and "purification packs."
The Church of Scientology's French arm denies fraud.
Sep 14, 2009 Une modification de loi empêche de dissoudre une secte pour escroquerie [French] — Le Monde (France) More: unofficial English translation
Le Monde (France)
La Mission interministérielle de lutte contre les dérives sectaires (Miviludes) a affirmé, lundi 14 septembre, qu'une modification de la loi, intervenue le 12 mai, ne permet plus à un magistrat de dissoudre une secte pour escroquerie, ce qui lèverait le risque de dissolution de la Scientologie, poursuivie pour de tels faits à Paris.
Dans un communiqué diffusé à l'AFP, la Miviludes écrit avoir "découvert avec consternation la suppression de la peine de dissolution d'une personne morale en matière d'escroquerie, votée le ...
Sep 2, 2009 Le mystère des dossiers disparus ["The lost files mystery"] [English subtitles by Anonymous] — France W9 More:
original French version Aug 29, 2009 Scientology: crisis in France — The Guardian (UK)
The Guardian (UK)
It claims to be one of the world's fastest-growing new religions but a battery of legal cases threaten its very existence in this secular country In a small Normandy village, surrounded by wheat fields, Gwen Le Berre keeps a Scientology "electrometer" machine in his bedroom. He opens the large green briefcase and peers at the machine inside. It looks like a lie-detector from an old TV cop show and Le Berre doesn't really understand how it works — he just knows ...
May 22, 2009 Scientology trial set to begin — Channel 4 (UK)
Channel 4 (UK)
Are the secrets of Scientology about to be exposed in a French court? More4 News goes to Paris to find out. It sounds like a science, but calls itself a church, while opponents have other names for it. Despite celebrity followers such as John Travolta, the Church of Scientology is viewed with suspicion in some countries. Now the organisation faces a legal battle in France, with a trial starting next week threatening its operations there.
May 21, 2009 Infinite Complacency - Scientology on trial in France
Jan 23, 2009 Devoir d'enquête: "La Scientologie: La secte démasquée" [Part 1] [Unofficial English translation] — RTBF 1 (Belgium) More:
Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 May 9, 1999 Is Scientology above the law? — France 2
Oct 2, 1996 Scientology is fighting for its future in France — International Herald Tribune More: link
International Herald Tribune
PARIS: The Church of Scientology is battling charges in a Lyon courtroom that it is a manipulative and fraudulent cult that practices false medicine and hounded one of its followers to his death.
The case could derail the sect's campaign to be accepted as a mainstream faith in several European countries. Last week, it began beaming satellite television advertisements to Britain, its biggest recruiting ground in Europe, despite not being recognized there as a bona fide religion. The advertisements stress a ...
Jul 8, 1990 French Scientology president, 5 others arrested — Los Angeles Times (California) More: link
Los Angeles Times (California)
PARIS — The president of the French branch of the Church of Scientology and five colleagues have been arrested in a probe of alleged fraud and illegal practice of medicine, court and church officials said Saturday. The president, Daniele Gounord, was arrested Friday in Paris along with the church's treasurer and the head of a church foundation. They were placed under court supervision, but not jailed Three officials of the Scientologists' branch in Lyon were arrested there in the last 10 ...
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