A French mayor has expressed”regret” after assessing modern-day authorities to the Vichy regime during World War II.
At a viral movie dated July 20, Patrick Chaimovitch, a mayor in southern Paris, could be observed contrasting commemoration of both Vel d’Hiv, which saw police round French Jews at Paris in July 1942.
Chaimovitch, by the Europe Ecology — The Greens (EELV ) celebration, afterward tweeted he had been”making the connection” between Vichy and”migrants that were hunted down around Europe since they had been different”.
The statements were convicted by French governments and the prefecture de police described the remarks as”improper”.
On Sunday, France’s interior minister Gérald Darmanin also denounced”scandalous and excruciating remarks” towards the police and gendarmerie and threatened to file a complaint if they had been verified.
In an announcement on Monday, Chaimovitch sought to explain his remarks and also expressed”regret” in the confusion caused.
“There’s not any comparison for me involving the police and gendarmerie of a democratic country and also the police and gendarmerie of this Petainist country,” the mayor said.
“I won’t ever say the destiny of migrants could be contrasted to the destiny of those Jews that were guaranteed extermination.
“The last needs to prompt us to defend the rule of law and to be cautious against human rights abuses.”
In July 1942, approximately 13,000 Jews were detained in their homes by French governments under the Vichy authorities and sent to concentration camps, from where many never returned.
On July 16, 1995, Jacques Chirac was the first president to admit France’s duty to the deportation of Jews during the Second World War.
“These dim hours sully our history forever and are an insult to our past and our traditions,” Chirac said in a speech in the Square des Martyrs du Vel d’Hiv at Paris.
In 2015, France made people around 200,000 historic records to shed light on the so-called Vichy regime.
In his announcement, Chaimovitch also reiterated his support for the authorities and the responsibility they hold.
“I regret that my words might have confused with the Republican police and gendarmerie since I’m a strong supporter of respect for the rule of law”
However, his explanation hasn’t yet been received well by all, such as France’s police commissioner marriages.
“This mayor, that was scarcely elected in Colombes, today embodies the pity of this republic with his notorious remarks and can be already disgracing his mandate,” the marriage of federal police commissioners mentioned on Twitter.
“He’s a disgrace to the Republic… comparing the present police officers together with those of the Vichy regime is unworthy,” the individual authorities commissioners’ marriage also tweeted.
The Alliance marriage called for a rally outside the city hall in Colombes and announced it could file a civil lawsuit if a complaint was made.
An EELV MEP Yannick Jadot has shown on Twitter that Chaimovitch himself realizing that the selection of phrases.
“EELV is a republican party that may not tolerate any deviation from the principles and values on which our Republic is based,” Jadot tweeted.