Le Pen denied French responsibility for mass deportation of Jews during Holocaust

Right-wing French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen denied French responsibility for the mass roundup of Jews in Paris that sent thousands to their deaths in Nazi extermination camps in 1942.
Marine Le Pen Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

After claiming that she wishes to ban kippah-wearing within France and that she will not allow French Jews to hold Israeli citizenship, right-wing French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen denied French responsibility for the mass roundup and deportation of Jews in 1942 that sent thousands to their deaths in Nazi extermination camps.

Former French President Jacques Chirac and current President François Hollande have already apologized in the past for the role of the French police in rounding up more than 13 thousand Jews in a bicycle stadium in Paris at the order of the Nazis, but Le Pen refused to apologize. “I don’t think France is responsible for the Vel’ d’Hiv,” she stated in an interview. “I think that if there are people responsible, it’s those who were in power at the time. It’s not France.”

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The National Front party leader added that ‘France had taught its children that they had every reason to criticize it and to see only its darkest aspects. I want them to be proud to be French again.’



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