The head of Belgium’s far-right National Front party has been banned from contesting elections for 10 years after being gound guilty of distributing racist and discriminatory publications. At his trial in Brussels Daniel Feret was also ordered to do 250 hours of community service.
The judge said Feret must undertake this part of the sentence in work involving the integration of immigrants into the country. Feret and one of his colleagues were convicted on charges of incitement to hatred of foreigners. They related to the distribution of election material which, the court ruled, tended to portray immigrants as criminals. Feret, the founder of the National Front party in Belgium, said he planned to appeal the decision. He added that he would continue to work in politics.