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Hollande Says 1942 Jew Deportations Were 'A Crime By France'

French President Francois Hollande (file photo)

French President Francois Hollande (file photo)

At a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the largest round up of French Jews during World War II, French President Francois Hollande said the deportations were a crime "committed in France, by France."

He noted that "not one German soldier, not one was mobilized during this entire operation."

On July 16-17, 1942, French police obeying German orders rounded up more than 13,000 Jews in the Paris region and arranged their deportation to the Auschwitz death camp.

Only about 100 survived.

At the ceremony on July 22, which was attended by government officials, Jewish leaders, and relatives of Holocaust victims, Hollande said the government will investigate all anti-Semitic acts and statements with "the greatest determination."

Based on reporting by dpa and AP

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