France not responsible for 1942 round-up of Jews, says Le Pen

21 April, 2017, 20:53 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • France not responsible for 1942 round-up of Jews, says Le Pen

In all, about 75,000 Jews were deported from France to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Rival election candidates also criticized Le Pen.

Le Pen said Sunday that "I don't think France is responsible for the Vel d'Hiv", referring to the round-up of more than 13,000 Jews at the Vel d'Hiv cycling track ordered by Nazi officers in 1942.

In 1995, then President Jacques Chirac recognised that the French state shared responsibility for deporting Jews to Nazi death camps, the first time a post-war French head of state had fully acknowledged France's role.

French police arrests of Jews began in 1940. She asked French Jews make this "sacrifice". By 1945, just 780 of them remained alive.

Earlier today, JOL reported that Le Pen denied that France is not responsible for the mass roundup and deportation of French Jews in 1942.

On Monday, she added on Twitter: "I condemn, without reservation, the collaborationist Vichy government".

He said: "I want to eradicate the terrorist threat at its source".

"I am a little surprised because Trump had said repeatedly that he didn't intend the United States to be the world's policeman any longer and that is exactly what he did yesterday", Le Pen told France 2 television.

On Sunday, Le Pen "wanted to add fuel to the fire" after a debate that failed to move the needle for her campaign last week, said Nicolas Lebourg, a historian who specialises in the far right.

"We can't accept the National Front candidate coming to our territory to spread her message, which is stamped with the seal of hate and straightforward anti-Corsicanism", the group wrote.

Far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a campaign meeting in Monswiller near Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

In a reaction, the Israeli foreign ministry said: "This declaration is contrary to historical truth".

The unusual distinction prompted commentators to give Le Pen the epithet "Pink Marine".

The leader of the National Front party said France had "taught our children that they have all the reasons to criticise (the country), and to only see, perhaps, the darkest aspects of our history".

Over the past months, articles, columns, and activities in media and newspapers have tackled the repercussions of electing the leader of France's National Front (FN), which has remarkably diffused its thoughts in the few past years.

Le Pen is among the leading contenders in France's two-round presidential vote.

She initially admitted they had been paid while not working, according to the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).

An inquiry was opened under a French law which bans the distribution of violent images, after Le Pen tweeted images of killings by ISIS militants in December 2015.

The poll showed a tightening at the top of the field of 11 candidates competing in the April 23 first round, with conservative candidate Francois Fillon and Jean-Luc Melenchon of the far left both improving their position by one point to take 19 and 18 percent respectively.


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