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The president of the National Rally (RN) group within the Assembly, Marine Le Pen, will attend the Pantheon entry ceremony for overseas communist resistance Missak Manouchian, scheduled for Wednesday, her entourage introduced on Monday February 19. “Despite the outrageous remarks of the President of the Republic, Marine Le Pen will attend the ceremony of solemn homage to the Nation”he assured Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The earlier night, the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, had estimated in an interview with Humanity that “far-right forces would be advised not to be present, given the nature of Manouchian’s fight”though, in accordance with him, the RN “is no longer openly anti-Semitic and Holocaust denier”as was “resolutely” The National Front.

“As for the tribute to Robert Badinter from which the elected representatives of the RN were absent”on the request of the household of the previous Minister of Justice, “the spirit of decency, the relationship with history should lead them to make a choice”argued Mr. Macron. “But I am not going to decide on that through an arbitrary gesture”he added, believing that his “the duty is to invite all the representatives elected by the French people” with out having to “sort them out”. Missak Manouchian and 22 of his comrades in arms will enter the Pantheon on Wednesday, a “act of recognition” of communist and overseas resistance to the Nazi occupier, underlined the pinnacle of state.

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The Communist Party in opposition to the presence of the National Rally

On Monday morning, the RN mayor of Perpignan, Louis Aliot, affirmed that his celebration had its place on the ceremony. “I think you have to be there. We have no reason to retreat on these issues”declared the far-right chief on TF1. “Today, pantheonization reveals the sacred, ultimately republican character of the character, and [elle] is aimed at all French people, whatever their origin, their condition or their opinions”he added.

Comments contested by the communist senator of Hauts-de-Seine, Pierre Ouzoulias, who recalled that “since the official announcement of pantheonization”in June, “Marine Le Pen has not said a word on this subject” and “the RN denounced the electoralism of Emmanuel Macron”. “They are the heirs of Vichy and an ethnic vision of the nation. We are the heirs of Manouchian and a political vision of the nation”he added on X.

The nationwide secretary of the Communist Party, Fabien Roussel, additionally stated he was in favor of members of the RN renouncing their participation within the ceremony. He despatched Mme Le Pen to “his ancestors” Who, ” in history “in accordance with him “contributed to this [que] be shot” these to whom the Republic should pay homage.

“The answer can’t be “maybe”, it’s sure or no”

The president of the committee for Missak Manouchian's entry into the Pantheon, Jean-Pierre Sakoun, for his half assured AFP on Monday that the arrival of Marine Le Pen on the ceremony was not “not the greatest of [leurs] pleasures »but that he ” respect[ait] the establishments “. “There is only one question to ask Le Pen: “Are you in any way the heirs of a party founded by Nazis and collaborationists?” »declared Mr. Sakoun. “The answer can't be 'maybe.' It’s yes or no”he added.

However, he recalled, “the RN is part of the established bodies” and Mme Le Pen is invited as president of her group to the National Assembly.

The World with AFP