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Scientology on trial

<p>Anti-sects group UNADFI president Catherine Picard (C) surrounded by lawyers arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009 to attend the Church of Scientology French branch trial on charges of organized fraud in a case that could lead to the group being dissolved in France. Registered as a religion in the United States, with celebrity members such as actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology enjoys no such legal protection in France and has faced repeated accusations of being a money-making cult. 



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Anti-sects group UNADFI president Catherine Picard (C) surrounded by lawyers arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009 to attend the Church of Scientology French branch trial on charges of organized fraud in a case that could lead to the group being...more

Anti-sects group UNADFI president Catherine Picard (C) surrounded by lawyers arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009 to attend the Church of Scientology French branch trial on charges of organized fraud in a case that could lead to the group being dissolved in France. Registered as a religion in the United States, with celebrity members such as actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology enjoys no such legal protection in France and has faced repeated accusations of being a money-making cult. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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<p>The Church of Scientology French branch head Alain Rosenberg pushes journalists back as he leaves Paris court, May 25, 2009. 



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The Church of Scientology French branch head Alain Rosenberg pushes journalists back as he leaves Paris court, May 25, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

The Church of Scientology French branch head Alain Rosenberg pushes journalists back as he leaves Paris court, May 25, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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<p>Spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology Danielle Gounord arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009. 



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Spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology Danielle Gounord arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009. REUTERS/Piotr Snuss

Spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology Danielle Gounord arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009. REUTERS/Piotr Snuss

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<p>French branch of the Church of Scientology member Eric Roux speaks to journalists as he arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009. 



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French branch of the Church of Scientology member Eric Roux speaks to journalists as he arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French branch of the Church of Scientology member Eric Roux speaks to journalists as he arrives at Paris court, May 25, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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<p>A man passes by the entrance to the Church of Scientology in Paris, May 25,2009.  



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A man passes by the entrance to the Church of Scientology in Paris, May 25,2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

A man passes by the entrance to the Church of Scientology in Paris, May 25,2009. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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<p>Protesters demonstrate outside the Church of Scientology in London, April 12, 2008. The group, calling itself "Anonymous", called for a day of worldwide picketing of the Church. 



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Protesters demonstrate outside the Church of Scientology in London, April 12, 2008. The group, calling itself "Anonymous", called for a day of worldwide picketing of the Church. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Protesters demonstrate outside the Church of Scientology in London, April 12, 2008. The group, calling itself "Anonymous", called for a day of worldwide picketing of the Church. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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<p>The Church of Scientology building in Hamburg, August 8, 2007. 



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The Church of Scientology building in Hamburg, August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen

The Church of Scientology building in Hamburg, August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen

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<p>A woman holds a poster to protest against the opening of an office of the Scientology Church in Berlin, January 13, 2007. The poster reads: 'Brain Wash - No Thanks!'. 




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A woman holds a poster to protest against the opening of an office of the Scientology Church in Berlin, January 13, 2007. The poster reads: 'Brain Wash - No Thanks!'. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

A woman holds a poster to protest against the opening of an office of the Scientology Church in Berlin, January 13, 2007. The poster reads: 'Brain Wash - No Thanks!'. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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<p>Members await the opening of the new office of the Scientology Church in Berlin, January 13, 2007. 



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Members await the opening of the new office of the Scientology Church in Berlin, January 13, 2007. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Members await the opening of the new office of the Scientology Church in Berlin, January 13, 2007. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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<p>A man raises his umbrella as rains falls during the opening ceremony of a Church of Scientology building in London October 22, 2006. 



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A man raises his umbrella as rains falls during the opening ceremony of a Church of Scientology building in London October 22, 2006. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A man raises his umbrella as rains falls during the opening ceremony of a Church of Scientology building in London October 22, 2006. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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<p>Cars leave the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center International in Hollywood, April 8, 2006. 



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Cars leave the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center International in Hollywood, April 8, 2006. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Cars leave the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center International in Hollywood, April 8, 2006. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

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<p>U.S. volunteers from the Scientology group tend to tsunami survivors at a tsunami refugee shelter in Banda Aceh, February 1, 2005.



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U.S. volunteers from the Scientology group tend to tsunami survivors at a tsunami refugee shelter in Banda Aceh, February 1, 2005. REUTERS/Supri

U.S. volunteers from the Scientology group tend to tsunami survivors at a tsunami refugee shelter in Banda Aceh, February 1, 2005. REUTERS/Supri

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<p>Tom Cruise gestures after delivering a speech at the inaguration of a Scientology church in Madrid, Sepember 18, 2004. 



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Tom Cruise gestures after delivering a speech at the inaguration of a Scientology church in Madrid, Sepember 18, 2004. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

Tom Cruise gestures after delivering a speech at the inaguration of a Scientology church in Madrid, Sepember 18, 2004. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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<p>Members of Church of Scientology demonstrate in front of the Marseille court to protest against the trial of seven Scientologists on fraud charges in a 1999 photo. 



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Members of Church of Scientology demonstrate in front of the Marseille court to protest against the trial of seven Scientologists on fraud charges in a 1999 photo. REUTERS/File

Members of Church of Scientology demonstrate in front of the Marseille court to protest against the trial of seven Scientologists on fraud charges in a 1999 photo. REUTERS/File

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<p>Dutch members of the "Church of Scientology" hold up placards during a religious freedom rally in Frankfurt in a 1998 photo. 



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Dutch members of the "Church of Scientology" hold up placards during a religious freedom rally in Frankfurt in a 1998 photo. REUTERS/File

Dutch members of the "Church of Scientology" hold up placards during a religious freedom rally in Frankfurt in a 1998 photo. REUTERS/File

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<p>John Travolta testifies on Capitol Hill before a Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe during a session entitled "Religious Intolerance in Europe Today" in a 1997 photo. 



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John Travolta testifies on Capitol Hill before a Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe during a session entitled "Religious Intolerance in Europe Today" in a 1997 photo. REUTERS/File

John Travolta testifies on Capitol Hill before a Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe during a session entitled "Religious Intolerance in Europe Today" in a 1997 photo. REUTERS/File

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