Le Pen vows to tackle 'root of evil' in France

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Le Pen vows to tackle 'root of evil' in France

"In reality, our children are taught that they have every reason to criticise her, to see only the darkest historical aspects". "It does not in any way exonerate the personal and personal responsibility of the French who participated in the vile round-up of the Vel d'Hiv and all the atrocities committed during that period", she added. Le Pen's father repeatedly has been convicted for anti-Semitism and racism.

Vel d'Hiv is Velodrome d'Hiver [Winter Cycling stadium] - the infamous location where 13,000 Jewish people were held before being deported to Auschwitz in 1942. "Her declarations are an insult to France which honored itself in 1995 when it admitted its responsibility in the deportation of the Jews of France and faced its history, without selective memory".

He said the FN's position was the same as that of wartime leader-in-exile Charles de Gaulle, "which is that France was in London".

Le Pen's main rival in the race, independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, said at a news conference Monday that Le Pen made a "serious mistake".

The bank expects French bond spreads and yields to come under upward pressure if the first round of the presidential election were to result in a strong showing of anti-establishment parties such as Le Pen or Melenchon, and recommended its clients to sell futures on French bonds.

The two top vote-getters in the French presidential vote go to a runoff. "I don't think there were that many deaths", Benoît Loeuillet, the official, said.

Like Le Pen, Melenchon wants to restore protections for French industry and develop closer ties with Russian Federation but he is fiercely opposed to her anti-immigrant agenda.

The most market-moving scenarios such as Melenchon - Le Pen on the negative side, or Macron - Fillon on the positive side, face relatively high hurdles.

Le Pen has taken major steps to remove the anti-Semitic label long associated with her party.

Polls have for weeks shown Le Pen and Macron topping first-round voting and qualifying for the May 7 run-off that Macron is predicted to win easily.

"Some had forgotten that Marine Le Pen is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen", Macron, the front-runner in the April 23-May 7 two-round election, told BFM TV.

Jewish groups condemned Ms Le Pen's latest remarks - delivered, as it happens, one day before the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover.

She may see a difference between French citizens that advanced the Nazi agenda and France as a whole, but not everyone agreed with her distinction. The Vichy government was a collaborationist regime that controlled France's unoccupied zone after Nazi Germany invaded France in the summer of 1940.

FILE - This Oct. 24, 1940 file photo shows German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, right, shaking hands with Head of State of Vichy France Marshall Philippe Petain, in occupied France.

The Israeli foreign ministry said it regretted that anti-Semitism "is raising its head again today".

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