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French who hid Jews during WWII remembered

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French who hid Jews during WWII remembered

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The French President has paid tribute to the hundreds of people who risked their lives hiding Jews in their homes during World War Two. Jacques Chirac has attended a ceremony in Paris at the Pantheon memorial building. A commemorative plaque has been unveiled in the crypt of the Pantheon, where famous French people are buried.

Hundreds of French citizens were given official recognition for helping Jews during the war. Medals were handed out to people by the Yad Vashem memorial centre in Israel. It is estimated about three quarters of France’s 300,000 Jews managed to escape deportation during the war.