Petain pointing as he ordered the AP photographer from the room during the sell-out meeting of the Cabinet in Vichy, central France.
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French President Emmanuel Macron waded onto controversial ground Wednesday by praising a World War I general who subsequently collaborated with the Nazis in World War II.Macron made the comments about Marshal Philippe Petain on a stop in the northern town of Charleville-Mezieres as part of his six-day tour of battlefields to mark the centenary of the end of World War I."Petain was the person who allowed the deportation of 76,000 French Jews to death camps," CRIF president Francis Kalifat said.He added that it was "an insult" that a French president could honor Petain on "the same level as the other generals".
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