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French Official Keeps Medal Despite Sending Jews to Camps

Even though he was stripped of his right to wear his Legion of Honor medal, France's highest distinction, in 1998, a French official will be buried with it, his lawyer said Sunday.

Maurice Papon died at the age of 96 on Saturday. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1998 for arresting and deporting 1,690 Jews to Nazi death camps, the Star Tribune said.

It will be seen to that Papon is buried with his medal, Papon's lawyer Francis Vuillemin said. However, some wonder if French president Jacques Chirac will not allow it.

I think it would be interesting to get a quote from Jacques Chirac regarding this issue and how he feels about it. However, I do wonder if this is at the top of his priorities, seeing as the man is dead and doing no more harm. Of course, it could offend the Jewish community as well.

This Star Tribune article was nicely summed up into three paragraphs. The quote at the end from Bernard Accoyer is a good indicator that this story might develop further.