Battling anti-Semitic image, Le Pen quietly visits Holocaust memorial
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Battling anti-Semitic image, Le Pen quietly visits Holocaust memorial

Presidential candidate lays wreath at Marseille plaque to victims rounded up by Nazis, days after allegations her deputy denied genocide

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen arrives for a campaign meeting, on April 27, 2017 in Nice.  AFP/Valery HACHE)
French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen arrives for a campaign meeting, on April 27, 2017 in Nice. AFP/Valery HACHE)

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen placed a wreath on a Marseille monument to French victims of the Holocaust Sunday morning, weeks after she drew sharp criticism by claiming that France had no responsibility for the fate of its Jewish citizens deported to Nazi Germany.

The low-key wreath-laying took place without the media present at a memorial to 30 Jewish women and children who were rounded up by the Gestapo in 1943, to mark France’s Memorial Day for Victims of Deportation.

She was accompanied by a local politician. A picture of the wreath-laying was tweeted by a campaign worker.

Her rival, centrist Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche movement, is due to visit a Holocaust memorial near Paris later Sunday.

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