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Israel condemns Le Pen's remarks on the Vel d'Hiv raid

Melinda Barton | 19 April, 2017, 07:16

Those responsible "were those in charge at the time", she said.

Since its establishment by Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine Le Pen's father and the owner of multiple convictions for Holocaust denial and incitement to hatred against Jews, National Front has been accused of espousing anti-Semitism, hatred of Muslims and other forms of xenophobia.

Some 13,000 Jews were deported by French police on July 16-17, 1942, many of whom were first detained under harsh conditions at the indoor cycling stadium.

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

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is supposedly more popular with gay voters than those who are heterosexual.

USA investment bank Citigroup said on Monday it had changed its baseline, or most probable, scenario for the French presidential election to a win for centrist Emmanuel Macron, compared to its earlier forecast of a victory for conservative Francois Fillon.

Le Pen will face off against the other ten candidates in the first round of France's presidential elections on April 23.

"On the one side, it's an historical and political mistake". "In reality, our children have been taught they had every reason to criticise it, to see only its darkest aspects".

He was convicted of contesting crimes against humanity.

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 statement, Ghozlan called on French citizens to mobilize in the election to block Le Pen "and prevent her from sullying once again the honor of France and the memory of the victims of the Vichy regime".

Jean-Marie Le Pen, 88, once declared "there are no queens" in the National Front and, in a sulfurous assault on the gay community in the 1980s, compared AIDS-sufferers to lepers whom he advocated keeping in isolation centers. She has instead targeted Muslims, voicing fears their civilization will upend that of France.

In her statement, she claims that her views are in line with those of Charles de Gaulle, François Mitterrand, or Henri Guaino, Jean-Pierre Chevènement, and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who did not recognize the Vichy regime as "a French government", since the legitimate government was in exile in London.

She added: 'I think that generally speaking if there are people responsible, it's those who were in power at the time.

In July 1995, former President Jacques Chirac apologised and admitted the responsibility of the French state.

The foreign ministry had to remind Mr Dana of his obligation to remain neutral over the election.

The mass shooting at the Pulse gay club in Orlando, Florida, in June also boosted Le Pen's standing with LGBT voters.

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

The Vélodrome d'Hiver (or "Vél d'Hiv") roundup was the largest French deportation of Jews during the Holocaust.

The two top vote-getters in the French presidential vote go to a runoff.