Manuel Valls, French Interior Minister, (far left) together with Muslim leaders, pays his respects at the Drancy memorial
Drancy is the site of the notorious velodrome outside Paris whence 13,000 Jews were deported eastwards to death camps in 1942. Only 25 survived. The Daily Star (Lebanon) is among several media to pick up this AP report :
DRANCY, France: Dozens of French imams have visited a Holocaust memorial in Drancy in an effort to show that Islam is a tolerant religion.
Muslim leaders, who traveled from all over France, gathered Monday
night at the site of the former detention camp where around 65,000 Jews
were held before being deported to extermination camps, mainly to
Auschwitz, during World War II.
The event, the first of its kind since the Drancy memorial opened last September, was attended by Interior Minister Manuel Valls
who said it "shows that dialogue, tolerance and the understanding of
other religions is indispensable in fighting against anti-Semitism and