Israel responds to Le Pen: France is responsible for WWII Jewish roundup

Jerusalem has responded to the recent statement made by French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen: “This statement is contrary to the historical truth.” Earlier today, JOL reported that Le Pen denied that France is not responsible for the mass roundup and deportation of French Jews in 1942.
Marine Le Pen Photo Credit: EPA

The Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry responded on Monday morning to French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s claims about France not being responsible for the mass roundup and deportation of Jews in 1942, which sent thousands to their deaths in Nazi extermination camps. “This statement is contrary to the historical truth as expressed by the announcements made by French presidents, who have recognized the state’s responsibility for the fate of the French Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust,” said the ministry.

In addition, the ministry stressed the importance of the French acknowledgment: “This recognition is the base for marking the days of remembrance for the deportation of the Jews from France and the teaching of the Holocaust in the education system. These are important values in the fight against anti-Semitism, which is unfortunately raising its head today as well.”  

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During an interview with a French media outlet, Le Pen denied France’s role in the mass deportation of the Jewish residents of Paris in 1942. “I think that if there are people responsible, it’s those who were in power at the time,” she said. “It’s not France.”

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