Posted by: becketfund | September 8, 2008

France: Scientology on Trial

PARIS – The Church of Scientology is set to be tried in French court for “organized fraud” and, if convicted, the Church could be banned, the BBC reported on September 8.  The charges are being brought against the Church by a woman who claims that in 1998 she handed over 20,000 Euros to Scientologists on the streets of Paris.  The French branch of the Church claims that it has been cleared of similar charges numerous times.  France does not recognize the Church of Scientology as a religious faith.  It is designated as a commercial operation by the government and is kept under close surveillance.

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