COMMEMORATION The President observed a moment of silence in front of the stele erected in homage to the 6,500 Jews victims of the roundup of August 26, 1942

 Emmanuel Macron & agrave; Vichy: The Head of State paid tribute to the victims of the P & eacute; tain regime

Emmanuel Macron and Serge Klarsfeld in Vichy, on the 8th December 2021. – LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP

His visit was particularly awaited. Emmanuel Macron is gathered in front of a stone in memory of the deportees in Vichy (Allier), a town whose mayor requested that it is no longer associated with & agrave; & ldquo; French shame & nbsp; & raquo; of the P & eacute; tain regime. The head of state respected a moment of silence in front of the stigma in homage to the 6,500 Jews victims of the roundup of August 26, 1942. He was in particular in the company of the husbands Beate and Serge Klarsfeld, defenders of the memory of the deportations of France.

& Laquo; & nbsp; C & rsquo; is a time d & rsquo; & eacute; motion and a moment of relief to see a pr & eacute; President come & agrave; & nbsp; Vichy & nbsp; & raquo ;, a r & eacute; acted Serge Klarsfeld, while the pr & eacute; v & eacute; tooth memorial gesture of a head of state went back to life that of General de Gaulle in 1959. Emmanuel Macron was then arrested. in front of the plaque bearing the names of the 80 parliamentarians who refused & oacute; to vote full powers for Marshal P & eacute; tain in June & nbsp; 1940.

Warning against any & laquo; & nbsp; manipulation & nbsp; & raquo; of history

The head of state, who has been moving since Tuesday in the Cher and the Allier, warned in an interview granted; in the morning & agrave; France Bleu Pays d & rsquo; Auvergne, against any & laquo; & nbsp; manipulation & nbsp; & raquo; of history, an allusion to & agrave; the controversy over the name of & nbsp; Vichy & nbsp; but also & agrave; the one on the Marshal P & eacute; tain scheme launched by Eric Zemmour. & laquo; & nbsp; Vichy & nbsp; sends us back & agrave; a story. This story, we have lived it, it is & rsquo; written by historians & rdquo ;, & ldquo; & ldquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; let us be careful not to manipulate it, to shake it, to see it again & nbsp; & rdquo ;, a- he said.

The Head of State raised the controversy over the name of & ldquo; & nbsp; r & eacute; r & eacute; Vichy & nbsp; & raquo; who has been used by many historians to name the r & eacute; chal P & eacute; tain which governed France, since & nbsp; Vichy, between & nbsp; 1940 and & nbsp; 1944. His words also refer to & agrave; the controversy launched by the candidate President Eric Zemmour, who asserted; that Marshal P & eacute; tain had saved; French Jews. Words that raised & oacute; an uproar; in the political class, with many politicians believing that they are & ldquo; re-visionism and traditional anti-antisemitism & nbsp; & rsquo; & rsquo; & rsquo; & agrave; Like the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clement Beaune.

The city of Vichy, & laquo; & nbsp; expiatory victim & nbsp; & raquo;

Speaking in the presence of the Head of State before the ceremony, the mayor, Fr & eacute; d & eacute; ric Aguilera (LR), requested see the & rsquo; expression & l & rsquo; & nbsp; r & eacute; gime de & nbsp; Vichy & nbsp; & raquo;, which is & ldquo; & nbsp; a semantic bullet which continues to weigh down the take-off & nbsp; & raquo; & rsquo; of his city. & ldquo; & ldquo; We measure the weight of words on a daily basis, the weight of an unfair stigma. & nbsp; Vichy & nbsp; remains associated with & nbsp; the French shame, Vichy & nbsp; is the French shame. & nbsp; Vichy & nbsp; is the expiatory victim of a country that is in trouble. look at his past opposite & nbsp; & raquo;, he regretted & eacute ;.

However, according to him, & laquo; & nbsp; Vichy & nbsp; is resolutely carried & eacute; towards its future & nbsp; & raquo; around three priorities & ndash; sport, hydrotherapy and heritage & ndash; to which 200 million investments will be devoted over the next few years. Emmanuel Macron, who also explained; wanting & ldquo; & l & rsquo; look to the future & nbsp; & rdquo; in the city center and had to fight with about fifty associations of & nbsp; Vichy & nbsp; to mark the 120 years of the law on freedom. d & rsquo; association.