Jean-Marie Le Pen given suspended jail term for saying Nazi occupation of France 'wasn’t particularly inhumane'

M. Le Pen was perfectly correct and balanced in what he said. Napoleon was the first Fascist of modern times and the French were by and large perfectly happy to collaborate with a German regime following much the same philosophy. So there was no need for much in the way of oppression of the French. French officials zealously rounded up Jews for the Nazi death machine

Note that even the statistics given below justify M. Le Pen's statement. They are tiny compared to the 44 million population of France. M. Le Pen is simply being penalized for undermining the myth of French resistance to Nazism. Most of the resistance emerged only after the Germans had met serious reverses in Russia. M. Le Pen's offense was to tell the truth
A court today upheld a three-month suspended prison sentence against Jean-Marie Le Pen after he described the Nazi occupation of France as ‘not especially inhumane'.

In 2005, Mr Le Pen had told Rivarol magazine that ‘in France, at least, the German Occupation was not especially inhumane, even if there were a few excesses - inevitable in a country of 550,000 square kilometres.’

In fact, thousands died after imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Nazis, including some 70,000 Jews who were deported from cities like Paris to concentration camps.


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