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Man fined for installing Nazi eagle outside home

A 57-year-old Val d’Aosta man was fined 5,000 euros Wednesday for installing a Nazi eagle and triangles worn by concentration camp inmates on two gates outside his house in Saint-Vincent. Fabrizio Fournier was also found guilty of posting Holocaust denial statements on social media including the comments “the gas chambers are fake news” and “people were put down as monsters who were not, such as the great Adolf Hitler”.
Fournier, who called himself ‘Nazi’, also posted a Facebook photo of him giving the Nazi salute and complained that he had been born on Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27. At the beginning of July, he was found guilty of instigating hatred. He was also sentenced to pay compensation to three civil plaintiffs: 20,000 euros to Turin’s Jewish community, 10,000 euros to the Val d’Aosta regional government, and 5,000 euros to the ANPI-National Association of Italian Partisans. Great satisfaction from the president of the Jewish community Dario Disegni, who called it “an important reaffirmation of principle”. For the Community lawyer, Tommaso Levi, the sentence sets an element that represents “a starting point”, meaning that “ideas based on racism can also be propagated through Holocaust denial”. It is a statement of responsibility that, according to the lawyer, “for a penalty, however slight”, says that “a democratic country must defend what is the history of this continent” and “must fight these ideas that bring with them hatred, racism and so on”.