Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACROSS AFRICA

African nations need to prepare for potential return of thousands of jihadists

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR Congo former child soldiers awarded $10 mn in damages in landmark ruling

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Website roots out "Rotten Apples"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Putin's press conference, Alabama election, One Planet Summit, Brexit Phase II, Disney & Fox

Read more

#TECH 24

WorldRemit: Helping migrant workers send money back home

Read more

FOCUS

The challenges awaiting the new leader of South Africa's ANC

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Bangladeshi PM calls violence in Myanmar 'unacceptable'

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Was 2017 the worst year for the environment?

Read more

ENCORE!

Rhiannon Giddens strikes out on her 'Freedom Highway'

Read more

Europe

Macron visits Holocaust Memorial a week before presidential run-off

© Philippe Wojazer, AFP | French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron visits the Holocaust Memorial on April 30, 2017 in Paris

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-04-30

French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron visited the Holocaust Memorial in Paris on Sunday, one week before he faces off against far right leader Marine Le Pen in the country’s presidential election.

Amid worries about rising nationalism, and on the day France remembers thousands of Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps, Macron warned the country must “never again” repeat the horrors of the Holocaust.

“France has never really fully come to terms with what happened in World War Two,” FRANCE 24’s Chris Moore said from the Memorial. “And the past has once again found its way into this campaign.”

Earlier this month Le Pen declared France was not responsible to the round-up of Jews in Paris during the war. Later, the man she picked to temporarily replace her at the head of her far right National Front was forced to step aside over allegations he has denied certain aspect of the Holocaust – claims he denied.

On Sunday, Macron criticized those who continued to “find refuge” in questioning the French government’s collaboration with the Nazis during the war. As part of his visit, he consulted documentation showing the collusion by French authorities with the occupying German forces.

Excitement at his appearance mixed with tears of sorrowful remembrance for visitors as Macron walked past panels bearing the names of tens of thousands of French Jews deported to their death. Holocaust survivors and children of its victims were among those present.

It's the second time in three days that Macron is visiting a site tied to France's wartime history. He is seeking to remind voters of the anti-Semitic past of Le Pen's party.

Date created : 2017-04-30

  • FRANCE

    French presidential hopeful Macron bans Russian-state media from campaign trail

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Holocaust controversy returns to haunt Le Pen

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Le Pen denies French responsibility in WWII round-up of Paris Jews

    Read more

COMMENT(S)