Jean-Marie Le Pen
There wasn’t anti-Semitism in France.
The Second World War claimed tens of millions of victims.
France was an occupied country, a country that surrendered and was left without the right to choose.
When two drivers curse each other on the road, and one of them happens to be a Jew, you can’t define that as anti-Semitism.
The government would have preferred not to take a stand, but the constant presence of the Israeli-Arab conflict on our television screens made it an issue that could no longer be avoided.
There was no reason to label us as anti-Semitic.
There is an Islamic population in France, most of which comes from the North African countries.
As for me, even though I have been accused of anti-Semitism countless times, no one has ever heard me make anti-Semitic statements or engage in anti-Semitic behavior.
The much greater crimes of the Soviet Gulags occurred over decades and cost millions of lives.
Political rivals attacked me. I was savagely beaten. I was kicked in the face and I lost my eye as a result.
My father was killed by a German mine, while I lost other relatives in Allied bombing attacks.
What’s surprising is that the people who fought against torture here are the communists.
Millions also perished in the Chinese camps, and there have been terrible genocides in Cambodia and Vietnam.
In my speeches, I always condemned communism, national-socialism and fascism.
Everyone sees drama from his own perspective.