- Stephanie Hare: Le Pen's recent remarks suggest that the daughter differs from her father only in style, not substance
- Where he once declared the Holocaust "a detail of history," she has advanced a far slicker and more manipulative message, Hare says
Stephanie Hare holds a PhD in International History from the London School of Economics. Her dissertation drew on exclusive interviews with Maurice Papon, a civil servant who was convicted in 1998 of crimes against humanity for his role in the arrest and deportation of Jews during the Nazi occupation of France. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
(CNN)French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front (FN) party, told a television audience over the weekend that France was not responsible for the so-called Vél d'Hiv roundup of July 1942, when French police arrested more than 13,000 Jews, detained them for five days in the Vélodrome d'Hiver cycling stadium in Paris and then deported them.