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Marine Le Pen on WW2 State Crimes: We Didn't Do It

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Eleena Tovar | 12 Abril, 2017, 18:54

Le Pen drew widespread criticism Monday after she denied the French state's responsibility for a mass arrest of Jews in Paris during World War Two.

The Vel' d'Hiv Roundup was named after a velodrome stadium where 13,000 Jews were rounded up in July 1942, with a population that also came from the so-called "free zone".

Former President Jacques Chirac and current leader Francois Hollande have recognised that the French State share responsibility for deporting Jews to Nazi death camps, where some 76,000 French Jews died.

"I think France is not responsible for the Vel d'Hiv", Le Pen told RTL radio.

Jerusalem has responded to the recent statement made by French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen: "This statement is contrary to the historical truth". But, if the decision lies in the hands of voters - the people, then for sure, Marine Le Pen be the victor. "I want them to be proud of being French once more", she told reporters.

Israel's foreign ministry spokesperson condemned Marine Le Pen's comment and regretted that anti-Semitism "is raising its head again today", Reuters reports.

And Le Pen's comments were also heavily criticized by French Jewish organizations.

Opinion polls have for months seen Le Pen securing a top-two spot in the April 23 first round but latest surveys show a tightening of support for the four leading candidates.

While Melenchon and Fillon gathered supporters, Macron and Le Pen were happy to spend time giving interviews.

One new poll has put hard-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon into third place, ahead of the centre-right's Francois Fillon, who has been embroiled in corruption allegations.

"I'm 100 per cent behind Marine Le Pen", she said on BFM television, adding that she planned to stand in parliamentary elections in June.

After Le Pen took over leadership of the FN from her father in 2011, she worked to erase his anti-Semitic stamp in order to broaden the party's appeal.

French physicist Serge Galam, who predicted a Trump victory, claims that a Le Pen presidency is very likely because of her strong base of support versus lukewarm feelings that exist for the other potential runoff candidates. (Lionel Bonaventure/Pool Photo via AP) Far-right candidate for the presidential election Marine Le Pen speaks during a campaign meeting in Monswiller near Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

The party has steadily gained in strength, with Le Pen winning some 18 percent of the vote in the 2012 presidential election and the FN scoring 25 percent in the 2014 European Union elections.

"I'll stay in France, I'll respect the outcome of the democratic vote, but I will resist with all my might any measure that goes against French law", he said, citing Le Pen's pledge to give French nationals priority access to public services including schools.