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PostChirac's Acknowledgement of Vichy France (David Pike, France, 11/29/19 3:28 am)
Our editor JE wrote on November 14: "What is the official French stance on its Vichy past? ... Is there an honest acknowledgment of French complicity?"
Indeed there is. The honor goes to President Jacques Chirac and the dishonor to the Presidents who preceded him, who could not bring themselves to take the long deep breath that Chirac took that day on July 16, 1995, when he stood on the site of Vélo d'hiv and announced the truth: "Vichy was France."
How good it felt afterwards. How proud one felt of Chirac. Other leaders could follow the example.
JE comments: Chirac died in September of this year, and WAISdom didn't take note. He was in power for 12 years (1995-2007). Should we do a review of the Chirac Era?
WAIS has discussed the importance of the official or "national" apology, and how surprisingly difficult it is for most countries to take this step. David, did the French government face any lawsuits or calls for reparations after Chirac's statement?