By Euronews with AFP • Updated: 06/07/2021 - 19:04
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the mayor's comments were "scandalous". - Copyright AP Photo/Francois Mori, FILE
The politician of a Paris suburb has been fined for comparing the country's constabulary to the Second World War Vichy regime.
Patrick Chaimovitch, the Green enactment politician of Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) was filmed commenting connected France's gendarmes astatine a ceremonial successful July past year.
Chaimovitch could beryllium heard comparing the actions of constabulary officers who "track down migrants" successful France to "their ancestors" who "carried retired the Vel d'Hiv roundup".
In July 1942, an estimated 13,000 French Jews were arrested successful their homes by constabulary and gendarmes earlier being rounded up astatine the Vélodrome d'Hiver to beryllium sent to a attraction camp. Many of those arrested during World War II did not instrumentality from the camps.
On Tuesday, a French tribunal successful Nanterre fined Chaimovitch €3,000 for the remarks.
The politician had "insulted French constabulary officers" by comparing them to "sons of collaborators," the tribunal said.
Speaking astatine the trial, Chaimovitch said helium understood that his comments were "ambiguous" and whitethorn person been misunderstood.
"When you are successful a speech, you person to summarise. I tended to prime up connected a fig of remarks", helium said.
France's Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin had denounced the mayor's comments arsenic "scandalous and unbearable remarks" and filed a ailment against Chaimovitch for publically insulting the constabulary and the nationalist gendarmerie.
It was not until 1995 that Jacques Chirac became the archetypal president to admit France's work for the deportation of Jews during the Second World War.
Twenty years later, France besides made nationalist astir 200,000 humanities documents to shed much airy connected the Vichy regime.