It is a very important step after the controversy during the political campaign caused by the remark of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen who said that France is not responsible for the 1942 "Vel d’Hiv" roundup in which more than 13,000 Jews were arrested to be deported to Nazi concentration camps. A third of the group were children.
”I think France is not responsible for the Vel d’Hiv," Le Pen said during an interview on RTL radio. "I think in a general way, more generally actually, those responsible were those in power then, this is not France.”
CRIF reacted at the time to say that “the declarations are an insult to France, which honored itself in 1995 by acknowledging its responsibility in the deportation of the Jews of France and faced its history, without selective memory.”
The Vel d'Hiv roundup was organized by René Bousquet, secretary-general of the Vichy police, conducted by 4,500 French police and gendarmes who arrested more than 13,000 Jews, including 4,000 children, in Paris and its region on July 16th and 17th, 1942.
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