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Discours de Jacques Chirac, a l'occasion de la ceremonie celebrant le 53eme anniversaire de la rafle du Vel'd'Hiv le 16 juillet 1995

Author: Academie de Besancon
Source: Academie de Besancon (Link)
Date: 16 July 1995
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Document Type: Original Source
Donor: France Event Date: 16 July 1942-17 July 1942
Recipient: Jews (French),Jews Reparation Date: 16 July 1995

In July 1942, the French Vichy government authorised the sytematic collection of thousands of Parisian Jews (and, to a lesser extent, other French Jews); over the course of two days, more than 13,000 French Jews were arrested. While the Vichy government had undertaken such actions prior to July 1942, this collection was the first to target French Jews (prior to July 1942, the Vichy government only targeted non-French Jews).




On the 53rd anniversary of the Velodrome d'Hiver incident, French President Jacques Chirac offered his recognition and apologies to the suffering of the Jewish people under the Vichy government. In his speech, Chirac distanced the Vichy government from modern France, arguing that the Vichy government did not symbolise the real France.


The document is a collection of excerpts from President Chirac's speech, and is available only in French.


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