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May 26, 2009


Guardian, UK - France's Church of Scientology went on trial on charges of organized fraud in a case that could lead to the nationwide dissolution of the controversial organization.

The Church's "celebrity centre" spiritual association and its Scientology Freedom Space bookshop in Paris stand accused of targeting vulnerable people for commercial gain.

Six leading members, including the celebrity centre's director, Alain Rosenberg, also face charges of illegally distributing pharmaceuticals. . .

The church denies any evidence of psychological manipulation, and decries what it has called a "carefully orchestrated campaign" by French anti-cult organizations to shut it down. . .

While some countries, such as the US, consider Scientology a religion, France categorises it as a sect, and the country's courts have convicted several individuals of fraud over the past decades - most notably its science fiction-writing creator, L Ron Hubbard, in 1978.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about: "Austrian Pychoanalysts On Trial for Freud?"

May 26, 2009 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Kevin Owen said...

Another effort by the French to ban us. It does make good media, all these accusations and charges [none proven] sensationalised by the press. One thing I notice is that the hits on my website go through the roof when these attacks on Scientology are happening, so in the end we win anyway.
Anyone who thinks one womans accusation that she was forced to spend to much 8yrs ago is going to get Scientology banned from France is living in a fantansy world. Like I said though it does make good press

Church Of Scientology Statement On France Trial

Those That Oppose Scientology

May 28, 2009 10:48 PM  

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