At Commemoration, Macron Denounces French Role in the Holocaust

PARIS (AP) -
French President Emmanuel Macron poses with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as he arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Sunday. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday denounced his country’s collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out at those who still downplay the French role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to death.

Commemorating 75 years since a mass roundup of French Jews outside Paris, Macron insisted that “it was indeed France that organized this.” He said “not a single German” was directly involved, but French police who collaborated with the Nazis.

Macron dismissed arguments by French far-right leaders that the collaborationist Vichy regime did not represent the French state, saying that is “convenient, but it is false.”

At a ceremony Sunday attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Macron also pledged to fight continued anti-Semitism. He called for thorough investigation into the recent killing of a Parisian woman which is believed linked to anti-Jewish sentiment.