French President Decries France’s Nazi Past and Urges Israel for Restarting Peace Talks with Palestinians

President Macron of France and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel
President Macron of France and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel

Emmanuel Macron, President of France, has decried the French involvement in the Holocaust on Sunday. He lashed out at the far rightists, who minimize or negate the French role in exterminating thousands of Jews people to their deaths.

“It is convenient to see the Vichy regime as born of nothingness, returned to nothingness . Yes, it’s convenient, but it is false. We cannot build pride upon a lie,” said President Macron

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also attended the Holocaust commemoration. He thanked French President for warm welcome and said, “We arrived to Paris from Jerusalem, the eternal and united capital of the Jewish people and the Jewish state, in order to bow our heads in memory of our brothers and sisters who were murdered only because they were Jews. We came here in order to mourn for the dead and to declare in a clear voice.”

President Macron sounded very resolute when he said, ‘Not a single German’ was involved in the Jews extermination during the Vichy regime rather it was French antisemitists who herded around 13,000 Jews, including 4000 children,  to Vel d’Hiv stadium before deporting to camps where all of them died except less than a hundred people. These victims were among 76000 others who were deported from France to Nazi camps .

“It is convenient to see the Vichy regime as born of nothingness, returned to nothingness . Yes, it’s convenient, but it is false. We cannot build pride upon a lie,” said President Macron

Mr. Macron later reiterated on a Facebook post, “It was France who organized the raid, then the deportation, and so almost all of them died, of the 13 people of Jewish faith uprooted from 16 and 17 July 1942 to their Home and more than 8000 were carried out at the vel of HIV before being deported to Auschwitz. Among them, 4115 children from 2 to 16 years of age.”

President Macron regrets, “In France today, racism and anti-Semitism are still present.”

Mr. Macron, along with condemning French role in the Holocaust, urged Netanyahu for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

He expressed his worries that Netanyahu might back away from the commitment of two-state solution. He condemned Jewish settlement construction and regarded it as a threat to international peace.

“I call for a resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in the framework of the search for a solution of two states, Israel and Palestine, living in recognized, secure borders with Jerusalem as the capital,” Macron told reporters. In response, without elaboration, Mr. Netanyahu said, “We share the same desire for a peaceful Middle East.”

Mr. Netanyahu said that “recently we have witnessed a rise of extremist forces that seek to destroy not only the Jews, but of course the Jewish state as well, but well beyond that. … The zealots of militant Islam, who seek to destroy you, seek to destroy us as well. We must stand against them together.”

Mr. Macron and Netanyahu also talked about improving economic cooperation and fighting extremism in Syria. Prime Minister Netanyahu expected to meet President Macron again in Israel.


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