Holocaust-denying graffiti found at massacre site in France

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“Liar” had been painted over the words “martyr” and “when the truth” on a wall at the Centere de la Mémoire, a memory center honoring those killed in the World War II massacre that took place in the village where the center is located. located, said Philippe Lacroix, the mayor of Oradour-sur-Glane.

The president of the center informed Lacroix of the incident on Friday, Lacroix told CNN affiliate BFMTV.

Police are looking for those responsible, Lacroix said, but it was obvious to him that this was clearly “support for denial”.

The village of Oradour-sur-Glane was the site of a massacre during World War II, when German troops destroyed the entire village on June 10, 1944, killing 642 people.

The Elysée issued a statement on the incident, saying that French President Emmanuel Macron “condemns in the strongest terms this unspeakable act. He gives his full support to the mayor and the municipality. He assures them that everything will be done to ensure that the perpetrators of this act are brought to justice. ” The president also commented on Twitter on Saturday, saying: “Nothing can make us forget the memory of our 642 martyrs of Oradour-sur-Glane”.

Prime Minister Jean Castex also spoke on Twitter.

“I learned with anger and dismay the degradation of the Oradour-sur-Glane memory center. To defile this place of refuge is also to defile the memory of our martyrs. Everything is done to ensure that the perpetrators of these infamous acts are brought to justice, ”he said.

Vandalism is the latest anti-Semitic incident in the country, which has seen a rise in anti-Semitism in recent years.

In 2018, it was announced that anti-Semitic acts in France had increased by 69%. Last year, Macron said anti-Semitism was at its worst since World War II, and announced a crackdown on the “scourge” of anti-Semitic acts.

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