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Le Pen Denies France Rounded Up Jews For Deportation & Death

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French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front (FN) party, told a television audience over the weekend that France was not responsible for the so-called Vél d’Hiv roundup of July 1942, when French police arrested more than 13,000 Jews, detained them for five days in the Vélodrome d’Hiver cycling stadium in Paris and then deported them.

“I think that France was not responsible for the Vél d’Hiv [roundup],” she told the television moderator. “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.”

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