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French rule out legal action over 'Nazi stag party' but remain deeply offended

A Conservative MP who organised a Nazi-themed stag party in France in 2011 has escaped legal action by French authorities, but the French remain deeply offended by his actions, reports the BBC.

Conservative MP Aiden Burley organised a Nazi-themed fancy dress stag party in the French Alps back in December 2011 in the resort of Val Thorens, causing a media outrage at the time.

Media reports suggested Mr Burley had organised the trip in his capacity as best man for his friend. On the final night of the trip the party went for a dinner where the groom dressed in a Nazi uniform, and gave a Nazi-themed toast to his guests.

The incident was captured by a Mail on Sunday journalist who was present in the restaurant, and who received a Nazi salute at the end of the meal.

Now the Conservatives have published their report into the incident, which was delayed after the French authorities suggested they were considering taking legal action against the group's behaviour, which locals found 'deeply offensive'.

The Conservative report suggests that Mr Burley had not been present during the toast at the end of the meal and had left before the guests began chanting the names of famous Nazis.

The report said Mr Burley had chosen a Nazi theme due to a long tradition of British comedians mocking aspects of World War II.

"Mr Burley argued strongly that the choice of costume was inspired by the British comic association with aspects of the war. He categorically denies that there was any political motivation whatsoever," said the Conservative report.

The report said that the party was entirely justified in sacking Mr Burley from his role as Parliamentary Private Secretary for his role in the incident which the party said fell below the standards expected of a serving Conservative MP.

"His actions were stupid and offensive, and the conclusions and recommendations reflect that," the report concludes.

It added that Mr Burley has since sought to make amends, in particular by visiting the concentration camp at Auschwitz.