Politician blasted for gay slur;In brief;Briefing

24th April 1998 at 01:00
ITALY: Opposition leader Gianfranco Fini has caused a furore by saying on TV that no self-declared homosexual should be allowed to teach in a primary school. Fini, the leader of the ex-fascist Alleanza Nazionale, added that "95 per cent of Italians think the same way". The comment drew criticism from across the political spectrum. Alessandra Mussolini, a relative of fascist party founder Benito Mussolini and a member of Fini's party, said she thought he must have confused homosexuality with paedophilia.

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