Monday, 18 December, 2017

France 'Isn't Responsible' For Mass Arrest Of Jews During WWII

Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 20:05

"She profits from people's fear", Yannick Fredefon, a gay Paris resident, said.

However, in 1994 then-president Francois Mitterrand refused to acknowledge responsibility for the deportations, saying "the republic had nothing to do with that".

Ms Le Pen's father has been repeatedly convicted for anti-Semitism and racism. The mass arrest was ordered by Germany and a majority of the Jews were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.

Le Pen's campaign manager David Rachline said on Twitter that local authorities had not done enough to secure the venue and had allowed far-left "militia" to come too close.

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.

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".

He said that when Macron travelled to Algeria in February and called France's 150-year colonisation of the country a crime against humanity, the reaction "was pretty strong".

Macron and Le Pen, each with 24 per cent, were down 2 percentage points each since mid-March.

"Faced with the current threats, particularly from radical Islam, gays have realized they'll be the first victims of these barbarians, and only Marine is proposing radical solutions", said Kelvin Hopper, 25, a gay artist who lives in a hipster district of Paris and plans to cast his ballot for Le Pen. She has instead targeted Muslims, voicing fears their civilization will upend that of France.

She added that the Nazi-collaborationist Vichy regime "was not France".

The FN's position is the same as that of wartime leader-in-exile Charles de Gaulle, "which is that France was in London".

Former president Jacques Chirac was the first French leader to admit the country's culpability in 1995.

"The Vichy regime was not France", she said, adding however that this did not absolve those who participated in "the vile roundup of Vel d'Hiv and all the atrocities committed during that period".

"These dark hours soil forever our history and are an injury to our past and our traditions", Chirac said.

Israel's Foreign Ministry was not persuaded by her elaboration.

Before backing Ms Le Pen, the Tahoeraa supported Nicolas Sarkozy who also lost out in the primaries.

"It makes me throw up", Lassalle said on Franceinfo radio.

More problems for Le Pen? Almost 38,000 Jews had been deported to Auschwitz from France by the end of September 1942.

Independent centrist presidential candidate for the presidential election Emmanuel Macron attends a television debate at French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, in La Plaine-Saint-Denis, outside Paris, France, Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

This would mean they both qualified for the second round run-off scheduled on May 7 which Macron is seen winning comfortably.