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Paris - Marine Le Pen Lays Wreath At French Holocaust Memorial

Published on: April 30, 2017 10:00 PM
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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen laying a wreath at a Holocaust memorial in Marseille, France, April 30, 2017. (Screenshot from Twitter)French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen laying a wreath at a Holocaust memorial in Marseille, France, April 30, 2017. (Screenshot from Twitter)

Paris - Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in France’s presidential election, visited a Holocaust memorial in Marseille days after news that her choice for interim party head had denied aspects of the Holocaust.

Le Pen on Sunday laid a wreath at a memorial in Marseille to French victims of the Holocaust. The memorial was erected in memory of 30 Jewish women and children who were rounded up by the Gestapo in 1943.

The French government in 1954 dedicated the last Sunday in April the National Day of Remembrance of the Victims and Heroes of Deportation.

There was no media present at Le Pen’s wreath-laying. A campaign worker later tweeted a picture of the ceremony.

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Earlier this month, Le Pen came under fire for saying that her country is not responsible for the deportation of thousands of Jews to death camps in 1942.

“I think generally, and in very general terms indeed, if anyone is responsible, then it is those in power at the time, not France as such. It wasn’t France,” she said.

Jean-François Jalkh was replaced two days after temporarily taking Le Pen’s place at the helm of the National Front Party Wednesday, ahead of the May 7 runoff in the presidential election. A day earlier, an interview from 2000 with the Le Monde daily newspaper surfaced in which he was quoted as questioning the use of the Zyklon B poison by Nazis during the Holocaust to kill Jews.

“Personally, I think that it is impossible from a technical point of view to use for mass extermination,” he said of the use of Zyklon B in gas chambers. “Why? Because it takes several days for a place where Zyklon B was used to be decontaminated.”

Jalkh told Le Monde that he did not recall the interview and has no memory of making such statements.



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 May 01, 2017 at 03:32 AM hashomer Says:

So now nazi Le Pen, notorious antisemite and holocaust denier uses a memorial for publicity! What a hoont. Only her le pen pal, the Orange Daschund could be clumsier in their bizarre mixed messages. Feh.

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 May 01, 2017 at 08:04 AM Heeb Says:

Groisah tzadeikes

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 May 01, 2017 at 10:10 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Heeb Says:

Groisah tzadeikes

Groisah machsheife

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 May 01, 2017 at 11:41 AM TrumpISprez4-8 Says:

At the end of the day what matters most is who will keep our French jewish brothers safe nowdays? Well lets see what is the threat? Who has murdered and attacked our jewish brethen over the past few years? Was it nazis or was it muslims? The candidate that will be tough on muslim beasts is who we want as prime minister. This does not mean I approve of her holocuast denials. But to put things in perspective, firstly she only denied certain aspects of the holocaust. And secondly, I don't see holocaust denial is our threat at the moment. Our threat is those aniamls who go around thinking its a mitzva to kill us and we should vote for the one who will be tough on those beasts.

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