A writer who argued in an essay that Norway deserved mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik has stepped down from a post with top French publishers Gallimard, the company said Thursday.

Richard Millet had not been fired, the company told AFP, saying he would continue to look after the writers he normally handled for the publishers.

But he would have to take a step back from some of Gallimard's activities and so had stepped down from the publishers' committee of readers.

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