Le Pen Denies France Responsible For Wartime Round-Up Of Jews
Le Pen Denies France Responsible For Wartime Round-Up Of Jews
16 Abril, 2017, 10:31
Marine Le Pen's attempts to convince voters that she has modernized the views of her far-right Front National party have come into question after she questioned the French state's role in the Holocaust.
Israel issued a statement condemning Le Pen's freakish message, which "contradicts the historical truth as expressed in statements by French presidents who recognized the country's responsibility for the fate of the French Jews who perished in the Holocaust".
Macron is a front-runner - along with Le Pen - in the two-round presidential election that will be held on April 23 and May 7.
In all, about 75,000 Jews were sent to Nazi concentration camps from France during World War II.
Ms Le Pen had acknowledged the support of Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira party, saying Flosse was the spokesperson for a majority of French Polynesians.
"These remarks are an insult to France, which honoured itself in 1995 by recognising its responsibility in the deportation of France's Jews and facing its history without a selective memory", the CRIF said.
Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist, was among many presidential candidates criticizing Le Pen's comments Monday.
As well as trying to present himself as a genuine alternative to the far-right and free-market candidates Francois Fillon and Emmanuel Macron, Communist-backed leftwinger Jean-Luc Melenchon pitched himself as the candidate for peace on Sunday.
Altogether 76,000 Jews deported from France were killed.
Former President Jacques Chirac and current leader Francois Hollande have recognised that the French State share responsibility for deporting Jews to Nazi death camps, where some 76,000 French Jews died.
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"We don't think that Melenchon will make it to the second round, however, the key race for now is between Le Pen and Fillon". A self-described patriot, Le Pen hopes to extract France from the European Union and do away with France's membership in the shared euro currency.
"It does not in any way exonerate the personal and personal responsibility of the French who participated in the vile round-up of the Vel d'Hiv and all the atrocities committed during that period", she added.
Melenchon, 65, has established a reputation as an often aggressive anti-establishment figure who like Le Pen scorns globalisation and the political elite, while firmly rejecting her hardline rhetoric on immigration and Islam.
The Vel' d'Hiv Roundup was a Nazi directed raid and mass arrest of Jews in Paris by the French police on 16 and 17 July 1942.
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