French Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon has been released from prison after an appeal court decided he was too ill to serve the rest of his sentence.

The 92-year-old former local official in the city of Bordeaux had been serving a ten-year sentence.

He was found guilty in 1998 of complicity in crimes against humanity for his role in deporting more than 1,500 Jews.

France's only surviving convict from World War II left Paris's Sante Prison to jeers from the waiting crowd.

Groups representing Jewish victims of Nazism have condemned the decision to release Mr Papon.

A spokesman for the Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples described the Court order as "abnormal".