Marine Le Pen blasted by Israel over Holocaust comments

Marine Le Pen said France should not be blamed for the Vel d'Hiv massacre

Marine Le Pen said France should not be blamed for the Vel d'Hiv massacre

Monday, April 10, 2017

Israel has hit out at French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen for inflammatory comments regarding the Holocaust.

Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, denied that her country was responsible for rounding up thousands of Jews later sent to Nazi death camps.

Her comments specifically referred to the Vel d'Hiv Roundup, during which 13,000 Jews were herded into a Paris cycling stadium called the Veledrome d'Hiver in freezing conditions before being deported in 1942.

Former French president Jacques Chirac apologised for France's role in the operation during the 1990s, but Le Pen told television channel LCI on Sunday that "I don't think France is responsible for the Vel d'Hiv."

She added that if anyone is responsible "it's those who were in power at the time, it's not France."

In response, Israel's foreign ministry said "we condemn the declarations by Marine Le Pen stating that France is not responsible for the deportation of Jews from its territory during the Holocaust.

"The declaration is contrary to the historical truth, which has been expressed by French presidents who have recognised the country's responsibility for the fate of French Jews who died in the Holocaust."