France Finally Admits Role in Holocaust
It took them 67 years, but France is finally admitting their responsibility for the deportation of Jews in World War II.
France’s highest court has recognised the state’s “responsibility” for the deportation of Jews in World War II.
The Council of State said the state had permitted or facilitated deportations that led to anti-Semitic persecution without being coerced by the occupiers.
But the council also found reparations had since been made “as much as was possible, for all the losses suffered”.
Correspondents say the ruling is the clearest such recognition of the French state’s role in the Holocaust.
Between 1942 and 1944 some 76,000 Jews were deported from France by the Vichy government in collaboration with the German occupying army.