France's Le Pen hits nerve over WWII roundup of Jews

France's Le Pen hits nerve over WWII roundup of JewsFar-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has stirred up deep emotions just two weeks ahead of the election by saying that today’s France is not responsible for the rounding up of Jews during World War II. Le Pen said Sunday that “I don’t think France is responsible for the Vel d’Hiv,” referring to the roundup and deportation of more than 13,000 Jews from a Paris cycling track ordered by Nazi officers in 1942. For many — notably Le Pen’s chief rival for the presidency Emmanuel Macron — the remarks were an instant reminder of the candidate’s anti-Semitic, negationist father, while also pricking France’s fraught conscience over its wartime role.



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