Marine Le Pen Denies France’s Role In Major Holocaust Raid
Marine Le Pen, Frances far-right presidential candidate, is denying Frances culpability in a roundup of Jews in Paris during World War II.
In an interview Sunday on French television channel La Chane Info, Le Pen disputed Frances role in rounding up more than 13,000 Jews at the Vel dHiv cycling track in 1942 a raid that sent many to their deaths at Nazi concentration camps.
I dont think France is responsible for the Vel dHiv, the leader of the National Front party said.
Le Pens comments are in sharp contrast to apologies for the roundup issued by former President Jacques Chirac in 1995 and by current President Franois Hollande.
Their apologies have taught our children that they have all the reasons to criticize [France], and to only see, perhaps, the darkest aspects of our history, Le Pen continued.
Emmanuel Macron, her opponent in the election, told Frances BFMTV after her comments, Some had forgotten that Marine Le Pen is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Her father, from who she is estranged and had ousted from the National Front party he once led,has been convicted twice for contesting crimes against humanity and stating that the gas chambers used to kill Jews were a mere detail of history.
The French affiliate of the World Jewish Congress blasted the younger Le Pens comments.
These remarks are an insult to France, which honored itself in 1995 by recognizing its responsibility in the deportation of Frances Jews and facing its history without a selective memory, the CRIF umbrella group of Jewish organizations said in a statement published by The Times of Israel.
Le Pen will face off against the other candidates in the first round of Frances elections on April 23. The two top candidates from that election will vie for the presidency in a final election on May 7.