French presidential candidate claims France never rounded up Jews during holocaust

And this is supposed to the the “right-wing” presidential candidate in France!

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen denied on Sunday that the French state was responsible for the wartime round-up of Jews at a Paris cycling track who were then sent to Nazi death camps, AFP reports.

Former President Jacques Chirac and current President Francois Hollande have both apologized for the role French police played in the round-up of more than 13,000 Jews at the Vel d’Hiv cycling track which was ordered by Nazi officers in 1942.

Le Pen, however, told the LCI television channel on Sunday, “I don’t think France is responsible for the Vel d’Hiv.”

“I think that generally speaking if there are people responsible, it’s those who were in power at the time. It’s not France,” she continued.

Le Pen, who heads the National Front (FN) party, said France had “taught our children that they have all the reasons to criticize (the country), and to only see, perhaps, the darkest aspects of our history”.

… “Some had forgotten that Marine Le Pen is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen,” Macron told BFMTV, referring to Le Pen’s father who founded the FN in 1972 and has been convicted repeatedly for anti-Semitic and racist comments such as calling the Holocaust a “detail of history”.

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