Scientology to be put on trial in France for fraud
Paris – The Church of Scientology, a controversial self-styled religion with many well-known Hollywood adherents, will be tried in Paris on charges of organized fraud, France-Info radio reported on Wednesday.
If found guilty, the church could be declared illegal and disbanded. French authorities have always considered that Scientology, which counts film stars Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its members, is a sect, not a religion.
History has a way of repeating itself. In 1978, L Ron Hubbard – founder of Scientology – was personally convicted of fraud in France, along with two assistants.