In search for French heroes, Macron blunders – again

“I am shocked by this statement,” said Francis Kalifat, the head of France’s leading Jewish group, the CRIF, noting that Pétain authorised the deportation of 76,000 French Jews to Nazi death camps. “It’s hard to imagine what would happen if [German] Chancellor Angela Merkel said she wanted to honour Marshal [Hermann] Goering, who was also a war hero on the German side,” added Haim Messika of the World Jewish Congress, referring to the former senior Nazi official, in an interview with FRANCE 24. Politicians from across the political spectrum described the comments as a gaffe too far for the French president. “This anti-Semitic traitor cannot be amnestied by the whims of Macron,” said far-left leader Jean-Luc MélenchonAlso wading into the row, Macron’s predecessor François Hollande“History does not set apart a single episode, however glorious, in a military career. It judges…

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