French court fines British man for wearing Nazi uniform at stag party

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 January, 2014, 10:53pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 January, 2014, 10:53pm


A French court has slapped a fine on a British man for wearing a Nazi uniform to a stag party attended by a member of Britain's parliament who lost his post over it.

Conservative MP Aidan Burley was dismissed as parliamentary private secretary to Britain's transport minister after newspapers published pictures of the drunken bash at a French ski resort and reported that guests had been toasting the memory of Nazi leaders.

The party's stag, or bachelor, Mark Fournier, was subsequently prosecuted for wearing a Nazi uniform and insignia, which is outlawed in France. A police tribunal in the French Alps town of Albertville on Tuesday upheld the prosecutor's demand for a maximum fine of €1,500 (HK$15,800). It also ordered Fournier to pay €1,000 in damages to the Association of Internal Deportees and Families.

The controversial party took place on December 3, 2011, in a restaurant in Val Thorens. Fournier, who was photographed in full SS regalia whilst giving the Nazi salute, faced more serious charges including denial of war crimes or crimes against humanity and incitement to racial hatred.

Those were dropped in favour of a charge of wearing the uniform of an organisation guilty of crimes against humanity.