French vegan convicted for horrific comments on butcher killed by Islamist militant

PARIS, March 29 (Reuters) - A vegan in France who posted a Facebook message offering "zero sympathy" for a butcher killed by an Islamist militant during an attack last week was handed a seven-month suspended prison sentence for the remarks on Thursday, a judicial source said.

The vegan went before a judge on a charge of condoning terrorism two days after a left-wing activist received a one-year suspended sentence for hailing the death of another victim of the same attack, gendarme Arnaud Beltrame.

The charge carried a maximum jail sentence of five years and a fine of 75,000 euros ($92,000).

France's butchers federation said it had filed the legal complaint against the author of the Facebook post, which has been removed.

The vegan lives in Saint Gaudens, a village not far from the Pyrenees mountains and the town of Trebes, hit by last week's attack.

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French gendarmes block the access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. At least one person was feared dead after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group fired shots in a hostage-taking at a supermarket in southwest France, police said. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC CABANIS (Photo credit should read ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)
French gendarmes block an access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. At least two people were killed after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group opened fire and took hostages at a supermarket in southwest France. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC CABANIS (Photo credit should read ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)
French gendarmes block an access to Trebes, where a man took hostages at a supermarket on March 23, 2018 in Trebes, southwest France. At least two people were killed after a gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group opened fire and took hostages at a supermarket in southwest France. / AFP PHOTO / ERIC CABANIS (Photo credit should read ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Gendarmes of the French special unit GIGN are seen next to a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
A general view shows gendarmes and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
A general view shows gendarmes and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
A general view shows rescue forces and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
A general view shows police officers and investigators at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Police officers and investigators are seen in front of a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, Police officers and investigators are seen in front of a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
A general view shows rescue forces and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Police officers and investigators at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
A general view shows gendarmes and police officers at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Police officers and investigators at a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, Police officers and investigators are seen in front of a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
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French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe attend a videoconference in Paris with Interior Minister Gerard Collomb and officials after a hostage situation in a supermarket in the village of Trebes, in Paris, France March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe attend a videoconference in Paris with Interior Minister Gerard Collomb and officials after a hostage situation in a supermarket in the village of Trebes, in Paris, France March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrive to deliver a speech in Paris after a hostage situation in a supermarket in the village of Trebes, in Paris, France March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Ministry of the Interior attended by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Director General of the Gendarmerie Nationale Richard Lizurey after a hostage situation in a supermarket in the village of Trebes, in Paris, France March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Interior Ministry in Paris attended by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe after a hostage situation in a supermarket in the village of Trebes, in Paris, France March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Interior Ministry in Paris attended by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe after a hostage situation in a supermarket in the village of Trebes, in Paris, France March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/Pool
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A French gendarme secures the access to a supermarket after a hostage situation in Trebes, France, March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
Flowers and messages in tribute to the victim are seen in front of the Gendarmerie of Carcassonne, the day after a hostage situation in Trebes, France March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Flowers and messages in tribute to the victim are seen in front of the Gendarmerie of Carcassonne, the day after a hostage situation in Trebes, France March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Flowers and messages in tribute to the victim are seen in front of the Gendarmerie of Carcassonne, the day after a hostage situation in Trebes, France March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Flowers and messages in tribute to the victim are seen in front of the Gendarmerie of Carcassonne, the day after a hostage situation in Trebes, France March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
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Moroccan-born Radouane Lakdim killed four people during his rampage, including three people in a supermarket in Trebes. Among the victims there were Beltrame and butcher Christian Medves.

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday led a national tribute to Beltrame, who swapped places with a woman Lakdim had been holding hostage. A ceremony for the three civilians killed was held on Thursday morning.

Lakdim was shot dead by police.

($1 = 0.8130 euros) (Reporting By Brian Love and Emmanuel Jarry Editing by Richard Lough and Raissa Kasolowsky)

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