France softens Sarkozy's plan for Holocaust education

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France's education minister on Monday softened a proposal by President Nicolas Sarkozy to make French 10-year-olds honor child Holocaust victims, amid heated criticism of the sensitive idea.

Education Minister Xavier Darcos said Monday the plan could be adjusted so that an entire class could collectively honor an individual victim.

"Is it necessary to do one by one, for each pupil? Perhaps we could find other solutions," such as choosing one victim per class, he said on RTL radio.

He said he would meet Wednesday morning with teachers and Holocaust historians to work out how best to implement the plan.

The minister confirmed that something would be in place for the next school year that would "respond to the president's intuition."

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