France 'Isn't Responsible' For Mass Arrest Of Jews During WWII

Exactly a fortnight before voting in the first round of France's presidential election, the main candidates were all over the media or holding rallies - except one.

Editor in Chief of Liberation Laurent Joffrin said that in case Le Pen was elected, alarm bells will be heard, since Trump's election, the United States newspapers launched a resistance movement against the new president, and France's media will do the same.

"We change our baseline to a Macron win (35 percent probability) - Fillon is our alternative scenario (30 percent)", Citigroup wrote in a research note.

Fillon, who led the polls until a "fake jobs" scandal brought him tumbling down, tried to act more restrained and statesmanlike in the hope of regaining voters' trust. "When he names his team the Socialists will reappear and the loser will be France".

In the first round of the 2012 presidential vote, Melenchon finished fourth with 11.1 percent, a disappointment compared with the 15 percent projected in polls.

For months polls have shown Le Pen on track to reach the second-round of France's 2017 presidential election.

This would mean they both qualified for the second round run-off scheduled on May 7 which Macron is seen winning comfortably.

The Twitter feed of 39-year-old centrist Emmanuel Macron released a clip Sunday that suggests Melenchon can't keep his campaign pledges, an argument echoed in a France 3 television interview Sunday. It another similarity, some artists in the entertainment industry claim that they will leave France if Le Pen wins.

He also foresees a visit to Berlin and a tour of European capitals to drum up support for his plan to deepen economic integration in the eurozone, create a European border force and put in place greater protections for European industry. He is for massive taxation.

"I know what to do".

Le Pen, 48, performed relatively poorly in the first debate, failing to score points against her rivals although she did not make any major slip-ups either.

He said: "I'm the candidate for peace". "We've seen the president and his German counterpart give their full backing to the criminal and irresponsible act of the president of the United States".

Le Pen said Sunday on RTL radio "I don't think France is responsible for the Vel d'Hiv", in reference to the stadium where many thousands of Jews were rounded up on July 16 and 17, 1942, before being sent to Nazi death camps. A third of the group were children.

Though Jacques Chirac owned up to the state's responsibility for the Vel d'Hiv roundup in 1995, Le Pen is relitigating the issue, tapping into buried resentments by attempting to deflect responsibility for France's wartime crimes to individual collaborators and Vichy officials.

The ministry says in a statement that her comments are "contrary to historical truth, as expressed in the statements of successive French presidents who recognized France's responsibility for the fate of the French Jews who perished in the Holocaust".

  • Leroy Wright