Speaking during a visit by the Israeli prime minister, French president dismisses far right claims that the Vichy regime didn’t represent France

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has denounced France’s collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out at those who negate or minimise the country’s role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths.

After he and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, attended a Holocaust commemoration, Macron also appealed for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Worried that Netanyahu is backing away from commitment to a two-state solution, Macron assailed Jewish settlement construction as a threat to international hopes for peace.

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