Chief prosecutor Hugues Woirhaye denounced the "predatory dimension" of the Scientologists' approach, recalling that Scientology's methods had already resulted in convictions in other jurisdictions, in Lyon in 1997 and in Marseille in 1999. "Clearly, the persons implicated in the present prosecution have not learned the consequences of these earlier convictions involving similar practices," he said.
Accordingly, he requested increased fines and publication of the court's decision in many newspapers, as was requested in the first trial. He also emphasized the necessity of an "exemplary response by imposing penalties that would be sufficiently dissuasive to the authors of these actions."
"In this phantom trial where there were no defendants, no defense, no victims, only the Scientology religion was on trial. Through the prosecution's actions and the Justice Ministry's scandalous misconduct, the French state has turned the clock back to the era of wars of religion. The concluding remarks at the hearing were reminiscent of Stalinist justice," the Scientology organization declared in a statement published on Thursday. "The closing arguments were a parody of justice that will not elevate the honor of our country among democratic countries that respect freedom of religion."
Chief prosecutor Hugues Woirhaye complained that the defense's "strategy of evasion" was "planned according to the trial dates to disrupt the proceedings". "Such a strategy reflects a deliberate choice, to remain in a posture of systematic denial," he said. Scientology moved its fight outside the court by staging two demonstrations during the past week, one of which took place at the gates of the courthouse to protest what they call an unfair trial.
Two photos of the Nov. 22, 2011 protest by Scientologists outside the Paris court of appeal:
The smaller signs say: "Biased trial: We won't take it any more", "Justice for Scientologists", "No to an unfair trial" and the large sign reads: "Scientology: No to a trial for heresy"
Source: http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg864/scaled.php?tn=0&server=864&filename=heqht.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640, via http://groups.google.com/group/fr.soc.sectes/browse_thread/thread/4f4550c37b4812cb#
Source: http://scientologuescontreladiscrimination<dot>com/2011/11/22/manifestation-des-scientologues-pour-denoncer-une-justice-inequitable/ (<dot> inserted because this is a Scientology website)
Are you following Scientology's legal developments in France?
Of course, I am hoping it will be convicted. David Miscavige hates France. One day, we had organized a celebration for Alain Rosenberg [one of the defendants] on the Freewinds; he had just won an award. Everything was decorated in the colors of France. Miscavige, in a rage, ordered that everything be torn down! He detests France because he can't do what he wants there. It's a pebble in his shoe.
Scientology's days are numbered in France says MIVILUDES president
Georges Fenech, president of MIVILUDES (Interministerial Mission of Vigilance and Combat against Sectarian Abuses), believes that "going forward, Scientology's days are numbered in France." In a statement to AFP on Thursday, Mr. Fenech qualified as "historic" the decision rendered Thursday morning by the Paris court of appeal, which "clearly condemned Scientology's fraud." The court confirmed the respective fines of 400,000 and 200,000 euros that were imposed on Scientology's two Parisian entities, the Celebrity Centre and the SEL bookstore. The Paris court of appeal also confirmed or increased the sentences handed down in 2009 to five Scientologists. "In France," Mr. Fenech added, "We can can consider that Scientology, which is a church only in name, has its days numbered. In the event of a subsequent conviction, it will almost automatically incur dissolution."
Paris: Mayor of 17th arrondissement calls for closing of Scientology Center
February 3, 2012
Brigitte Kuster, mayor of the 17th arrondissement in Paris, yesterday asked Minister of the Interior, Claude Guéant, to study the feasibility of closing the Scientology center located at 69 Legendre Street, in the heart of the Batignolles district. The center may, according to her, by itself constitute "a form of dangerous proselytism".
Her request comes after the conviction on appeal for "organized fraud" against Scientology officials and two Scientology entities, one of which is the home of Scientology — the Celebrity Centre — and is situated in the 17th arrondissement. The court confirmed the respective fines of 400,000 and 200,000 euros imposed on two Paris entities, the Celebrity Centre and the SEL bookstore. Yesterday, several dozen Scientologists cried "discrimination" in front of the Paris courthouse.