Posted by: becketfund | May 25, 2009

France: Scientology Church Faces Closure

PARIS – The Scientology church’s main structure in France, the AGES-Celebrity Centre, and its bookshop face charges of “organized fraud,” along with seven of its leaders, including Alain Rosenberg, the Telegraph reported May 25.  In a case that has taken ten years to reach court, the church faces a five million-euro fine and closure. Scientology is not banned in France but has been considered a sect since 1995. This is the second time the church itself has been targeted in France.  All other trials have been of individuals.



  1. Nice post. I’ve just posted on the case at I argue that the problems are indicative of broader susceptabilities facing religion–namely, susceptability to the profit-motive and an over-estimation of religious leaders.

    If you haven’t already read it, here is a NYT article on the case:

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