Israel condemns Le Pen's remarks on the Vel d'Hiv raid

Albanian opposition slams PM threatens poll delay

Albanian opposition slams PM threatens poll delay

The French government has previously apologized for the role French authorities played in the round-up of 13,000 Jews at the Vel d'Hiv cycling track in 1942 at the behest of Nazi officers.

"Those who were in power at the time" would seemingly refer to Nazi Germany, whose occupation of France surely made it hard to defy orders to hand over Jews.

Le Pen later issued a statement seen by the Guardian saying that she considers that "France and the Republic were in London during the occupation", adding that the Vichy regime, which collaborated with the Nazis, "was not France".

Le Pen leads in the first round of the French presidential election, scheduled for April 23.

"It's a political and historical error", Macron told a news conference. "In reality, our children have been taught they had every reason to criticize it, to see only its darkest aspects".

The elder Le Pen repeatedly has been convicted of crimes related to anti-Semitism and racism.

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"Some people had forgotten that Marine Le Pen is the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen".

Le Pen, 48, is the leader of the populist, anti-establishment, National Front, a party the media describes as far-right, although Le Pen's economic platform has some similarities to those espoused by Bernie Sanders. She has instead targeted Muslims, voicing fears their civilization will upend that of France.

She added that the Nazi-collaborationist Vichy regime "was not France". She responded: I think France is not responsible for Vel d'Hiv.I think generally, and in very general terms indeed, if anyone is responsible, then it is those in power at the time, not France as such.

Israel's Foreign Ministry was not persuaded by her elaboration.

Graffiti is drawn on an electoral poster of Socialist candidate for the presidential election Benoit Hamon, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 6, 2017.

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"It makes me throw up", Lassalle said on Franceinfo radio.

Le Pen's remarks came just ahead of the Jewish festival of Passover and amid a tide of nationalism and populism sweeping French and European politics. Almost 38,000 Jews had been deported to Auschwitz from France by the end of September 1942.

Fillon held a rally in Paris where he asked all 577 Republican candidates for the legislative elections to join him - a dig at Macron, who has started a party and doesn't have all his candidates in place.

Le Pen and Macron - dubbed the "fragile favorite" by the Journal de Dimanche - are neck-and neck but both have lost ground slightly and would win 23 percent if the vote were held today.

Ian Deitch contributed from Jerusalem.

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