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French far right accuses minister of defamation

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October 20, 2013 09:49 AM EST | AP


PARIS — PARIS (AP) — France's far-right party is filing a complaint against the justice minister, who called the party's ideas "murderous" after one of its members compared her to a monkey.

On French television last week, a National Front candidate in a municipal election acknowledged she had posted a montage on Facebook that implied a photo of a monkey was a baby picture of Justice Minister Christine Taubira, who is black. The National Front has since suspended Anne-Sophie Leclere's candidacy.

Taubira responded Saturday that the "deadly and murderous thinking" of the party should come as no surprise: "It's blacks in the trees, Arabs in the sea, gays in the Seine, Jews in the ovens."

Wallerand de Saint-Just, a lawyer for the party, said Sunday it would file a complaint for defamation and insults.