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PARIS France’s wartime past took centre stage Friday in the presidenti­al race, as centrist Emmanuel Macron visited the site of France’s worst Nazi massacre and Marine Le Pen’s far-right party suffered a new blow over alleged Holocaust denial.

Macron toured Oradoursur-Glane, a ghost town left behind after the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France. The town is today a phantom village, with abandoned buildings left as testimony to its history.

On June 10, 1944, four days after the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, an SS armoured division herded villagers into barns and a church, blocked the doors, and set Oradour-sur-Glane ablaze. A total of 642 men, women and children died.

Meanwhile, interim National Front leader JeanFranco­is Jalkh resigned Friday over comments reported in a 2000 interview in which he allegedly cast doubt on the truth of Nazi gas chambers.

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