Chirac Honors French Who Rescued Jews

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President Jacques Chirac honored nearly 2,800 French people who rescued Jews from the Nazis, in a ceremony at the Pantheon in central Paris on Thursday.

Chirac paid tribute to members of a group, known as the "Righteous of France," who risked their own lives to help Jews escape the death camps. Twelve years ago Chirac became France's first president to recognize the French government's role in the mass deportation of Jews during the Holocaust.

"Thousands of French men and women, from all social classes and professions, and from throughout the political spectrum, made -- without questioning it -- the right choice," Chirac said at the ceremony in the hallowed Pantheon, where some of France's most honored figures are buried.

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