Anne-Sophie Leclere, a former local election candidate for the far-right political party Front National in France has been sentenced to nine months in prison for comparing the country’s justice minister, who is black, to an ape.

Leclere provoked a storm last year when she compared Christiane Taubira to an ape on French television and posted a photomontage on Facebook that showed the justice minister alongside a baby chimpanzee.

On15 July 2014, a court in Cayenne, French Guiana’s capital, sentenced her to nine months in jail, banned her from standing for election for five years, and imposed a €50,000 fine. French Guiana is an overseas departement of France.