95% of Muslims in France thought that by voting for Francois Holland, what they see as Sarkozy’s ‘anti-Muslim’ policies of bans on burqas and street prayer would quickly be repealed. Not only have the bans been continued, Hollande has vowed to protect French Jews from the antisemitism and violence being waged against them from the Muslim community in France.
RFI (H/T Susan K) French President François Hollande vowed to track down and punish anti-Semitism at a ceremony to honour Jews deported under the wartime German occupation. The roundup, which led to thousands of Jews being sent to Nazi death camps, was a “crime committed in France by France”, he declared.
Amid fears that Mohamed Merah’s Jewish school murders signal a revival of anti-Semitism in France, Hollande writes “everywhere it appears it must be exposed and punished” in the introduction to a booklet distributed to mark the 1942 Vel d’Hiv raids in the Paris region. Hollande, who attended a ceremony to commemorate the raids on Sunday morning, also accepts French responsibility for them, unlike his Socialist predecessor as president, François Mitterrand, or General Charles De Gaulle.
On 16 and 17 July 1942, 13,152 foreign Jews were rounded up in Paris by French police, before being deported to extermination camps, most notably Auschwitz.
Among them, 8,160 people, including 4,115 children, were held in Paris’s Velodrome stadium for four days. Many died from the poor conditions or suicide. The remaining 4,992 people were transferred to the Drancy internment camp, just outside of Paris, before being sent to the concentration camps.
The Vel d’Hiv roundup is the largest of its kind to take place in France during World War II. Only approximately 100 people are known to have survived, and just a handful of children.
“Tempsreel The crimes were committed in France by the French,” insisted the president during the 70th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv roundup. He stressed that the French police were “responsible for the arrest of thousands of children and families,” that the police had escorted Jews to various camps. “Not one German soldier, not one took part in that operation.”
Hollande spoke of the shooting in March at the Ozar Hatorah school by a young Islamist claiming allegiance to al Qaeda. “Four months ago, four months, children were dying for the same reason as the Vel d’Hiv, because they were Jews,” he lamented.
“The security of the Jews of France is not the responsibility of the Jews is that of all French people,” stressed the President Holland, pledging that “it is guaranteed in all circumstances and everywhere “.
While a recent poll suggests widespread ignorance of the Vel d’Hiv roundup among young people, President Holland said that the schools had the mission to “teach about the past” and the Holocaust was an important part of that past.
“There should not be a single school or university in France, where it is not taught. “The Holocaust is not the history of the Jewish people, it’s history is our history. There should not be a single institution in which that story is not fully learned, discussed, and remembered.
“In the French Republic, the memory of the Holocaust will never die.”