French railroad regrets role in WWII deportations

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 14, 2010 19:36




PARIS — France's state-run railroad for the first time expressed "sorrow and regret" for its role in the deportation of Jews during World War II when France was occupied by Nazis.

But that mea culpa is confined to its English language Web site and posted as part of a bid to secure a lucrative US contract.

The SNCF railroad won an appeal in 2007 of a French law suit over its role in the Nazi deportation, and now wants to convince the people of Florida of its good faith. It is bidding on a $2.6 billion high-speed rail project there but has met resistance from Holocaust survivors.

SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy said the railroad "wants to convey its profound sorrow and regret" for its role during World War II.


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