On January 2006, Vanneste became the first French citizen, and the first French politician, to be fined €3,000 for his homophobic remarks. During a debate in the Assemblée Nationale, and afterwards in the media, he declared homosexual behavior a threat to the survival of humanity, and "morally inferior" to heterosexuality. The judgement, after a refused appeal, was eventually cancelled by the Cour de cassation on November 12, 2008.
In 2005/2006, he reported on the controversial DADVSI copyright bill.
In 2012, Vanneste again encountered controversy after referring to the deportation from France of homosexuals in the Holocaust as a "famous legend", though he acknowledges that they were perscuted in other parts of the Reich. Vanneste may or may not face Holocaust denial charges for the comment. He nevertheless received the support of Serge Klarsfeld the famous French "nazi-hunter". Dominique de Villepin, the former French Prime Minister also admitted that "on historical grounds", his comments were true.
He was beaten in the first round of the June 2012 legislative elections.
- Têtu, July–August 2007 issue, page 4
- Chambre criminelle de la Cour de cassation française[disambiguation needed]. 12 novembre 2008, pourvoi n° 07-83398
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