French Jewish leader Roger Cukierman was condemned for saying that Marine Le Pen, who heads the far-right National Front party in France, "cannot be faulted personally" for anti-Semitism.

Some prominent Jewish groups and individuals slammed Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, for the remarks he made Monday during an interview for Europe 1 Radio in reference to France's pro-Nazi collaborationist government and its leader.

"I think that we are all aware in the Jewish world that behind Marine Le Pen, who cannot be faulted personally, there are all the Holocaust deniers, all the supporters of Vichy and [Philippe] Petain," Cukierman said.

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