France ‘betrayed itself’ with the Vél d’Hiv roundup, says President Macron

France 'betrayed itself' with the Vél d'Hiv roundup, says President Macron

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World War Two / France remembers

President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the inauguration of the Pithiviers station memory centre after its rehabilitation as a new Shoah memorial site, in Pithiviers, France, on July 17, 2022.
President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the inauguration of the Pithiviers station memory centre after its rehabilitation as a new Shoah memorial site, in Pithiviers, France, on July 17, 2022. © Christophe Petit Tesson, AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that France under the Vichy regime “extinguished the Enlightenment” during a speech at the former train station in Pithiviers from which more 8,000 Jews were sent to Auschwitz. Macron’s speech was part of France’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Vél d’Hiv roundup, during which nearly 13,000 Jews were taken from their homes in Paris and its suburbs and sent to concentration camps. Read our liveblog to see how the day’s events unfolded.