Reuters: France’s Le Pen, evoking wartime Jewish arrests, re-opens old wounds


France’s Front National (FN) far-right party’s President and presidential candidate for the 2017 election Marine Le Pen speaks to a journalist in Forbach, eastern France, on January 18, 2017.

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Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen drew protests from her political rivals and the Israeli government on April 10 by denying the French state’s responsibility for a mass arrest of Jews in Paris during World War Two.

Two weeks before the first round of the election in which she is a frontrunner, Le Pen touched a raw nerve by reopening debate about the state’s role in one of the darkest episodes in French history under the Nazi occupation.

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