France criticises Poland’s ‘ill advised’ Holocaust law

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France criticised on Wednesday Poland’s new law that makes it illegal to attribute Nazi crimes to the Polish state, describing it as an “ill-advised” move.

“This law is ill advised, you should not rewrite history, it’s never a very good idea,” Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM television.

Asked if the EU would take measures in response to the controversial Holocaust law, signed into law by Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday, Le Drian said he hoped “moral pressure will be sufficient.”

“I also hope that the Polish people will reconsider, and in the next elections act in a way that removes the unfortunate political straightjacket imposed by nationalist factions,” he said.

“Anything that could pervert this memory is negative,” he said, saying the vote to bring in the law “should be condemned.”

The bill has drawn a chorus of criticism from countries including Israel and the United States.

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